Ever Had a Real Lemon? Customer Service Has to be Peachy!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ever had a real lemon of a car? Ever had horrible customer service regarding it? Let me tell you, recently (original blog date May 18, 2015) two guys representing Teen Challenge and their vehicle donation program hauled away my daughter Arin’s first car….a used green VW Jetta. Ooohh, that car >:( Arin had saved her… Continue reading Ever Had a Real Lemon? Customer Service Has to be Peachy!

The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Peacock written by Amy E. Botkin 1/24/15 CRHP Retreat Look past the strutting and into the beauty. As the morning begins, we praise. The sun shines through the multicolored stained glass. We reflect on our journey through life. Our hearts flutter at joy in such holy surroundings. The mixing of colors, teal, green, yellow, blue….they glow, spread, encompass….our hearts,… Continue reading The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

Golfing and Communication, Using Tee Ups Effectively!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Been on the links yet? If not, hopefully very soon! I enjoy golfing and teeing off is my favorite part (not that the ball goes much more than 100 yards or so). I just really like it when my ball flies high and straight!  It makes it much easier to smack the ball into the… Continue reading Golfing and Communication, Using Tee Ups Effectively!

Happy Adoption Anniversary Nick and Randy!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today (original posting date June 9, 2016) is the 22nd anniversary of Nickolas Andrews’ adoption day by Randy! I remember it well, June 9, 1993. One funny memory is when the judge asked the barely 4-year-old Nick if his “new” dad played with him. Nick paused quite awhile, thought, and then said no. Yes he did!… Continue reading Happy Adoption Anniversary Nick and Randy!

Congrats to the 2015 Alternative Educator of the Year!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Randall Botkin wins The IAAE Educator of the Year Award! ~ Educator of the Year ~ The Educator of the Year is presented annually to the alternative educator who is making a significant contribution to alternative education in Iowa. This award will honor one individual each year who is making an outstanding contribution to his/her students, school… Continue reading Congrats to the 2015 Alternative Educator of the Year!

Is Your Glass 1/2 Full or 1/2 Empty Today? Personality Assessments Help Find Out!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Studying personalities is important to me. I’ve reviewed the results of many personality assessments and am a proponent of using assessment results if it helps you or who you are working with move forward in positive ways. One of the main personality dispositions is whether you are optimistic or pessimistic. (Which are you?) You can go to The… Continue reading Is Your Glass 1/2 Full or 1/2 Empty Today? Personality Assessments Help Find Out!

Wakin Up Without the Rooster!

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve broken a personal record. I finished four weeks of exercise boot camp. But that’s not the record…drum roll sound please…The record is: I’ve arisen out of bed for all those days at 5 AM! Can you believe it! And now, alas, I wake at that time without needing too. I sure see the goodness… Continue reading Wakin Up Without the Rooster!

My Grandma Jean Loved to Read Using 2nd Sight!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Did you know, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, that  women are nearly half  of our Nation’s workforce and more than half of our college graduates? Another interesting stat is the proportion of women with college degrees in the labor force has almost quadrupled since 1970. Guess what? My grandma Jean Dodge was a… Continue reading My Grandma Jean Loved to Read Using 2nd Sight!

350 days of leave! Work Ethic…Brag About It!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Okay, my last post for now on Randy (five consecutive Mondays is a bit excessive…)  Randy  is into his 20th year teaching for the Des Moines Public School District. He thinks he has around 350 days of sick leave accrued. He says you can only bank 250. I don’t know what that means…but I do… Continue reading 350 days of leave! Work Ethic…Brag About It!

2013 Year of the Snake…Fear of em or Love of em?

Reading Time: 3 minutes My sister Julie has had problems with snake(s) in her basement during the summer months in the past. She has actually learned how to deal with it rather admirably. I’m not sure if she had one last year or not, but I didn’t hear about it. Julie knows how to save em and send em… Continue reading 2013 Year of the Snake…Fear of em or Love of em?