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Sports Sunday: Cheering on Children

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/22/2015 at 15:50

After covering Friday’s elementary school appaerance, I rooted on two of my special kiddos, who specifically invited me to show spirit!

1. First, I supported my *superstar* science student in his basketball playoff game

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Point Guard for the *MAVS*

in which he continued to advance toward the championship!

2. Then, I went on to his cousin/my honorary GODdaughter‘s volleyball game

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Serves Up!

as Maggie’s proud Madrina!

Foodie Friday: Meatless for Lent

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/20/2015 at 09:40

Happy First Ash Wednesday of Lent 2015!

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Starting out the day with fiber and flavor from this fruit-&-berry-packed steel-cut oatmeal!

We can’t go wrong with our meatless options …

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Then my greens & dairy in this veggie soup + P.I. cheese on toast!

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Thanks to Maggie, I got my fave flavor of Girl Scout cookies!

Both in our meals and our snacks!

Remember to do your Stations of the †Cross†

Foodie Friday: Tía Elaine Time

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/20/2015 at 09:30

Tía Elaine time w/the kiddos & kitties @ the Stone estate while their parents go on a belated VDay date! Mags coached me in volleyball & was my lil’ helper in the kitchen! Gotta love the domestic life! 🏡👪👦👧👶😻😸💝⚽️🍳 #DISPObustAFlow #SimpleLifeNoMo #HotTubTimeMachine #MrsClean 💦💧

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Thirsty Thursday: Rejoice in Reading

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/19/2015 at 06:00

Now that we’ve entered Lent

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… these readings will provide enlightenment.

At Ash Wednesday Mass

The 🎼Marian Choir’s🎵 music selections🎶 moved my 💖heart, + the readings📖 that I proclaimed🎤 through ☝️GOD’s grace🙏 refreshed my soul😇 as we enter Lent✨ 👼R.I.P.✌️ 💐Aling Rose🌹 #CHRISTbeOurLight #Joel2 #Psalm51 #2Corinthians5 #Matthew6

Workout Wednesday: Hook on These Books

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/18/2015 at 16:30

Rather than letting these books collect dust on the coffee table …

I might as well putting them to good use and knock two birds with one stone!

How about actually reading and applying the content, first and foremost?

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to use them as forms of resistance in toning moves that call for textbooks!

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Beauty Tuesday: ♣Spring♣ Clean Teeth

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/17/2015 at 12:45

Bon Mardi Gras!

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In my continued efforts to whiten and brighten my teeth

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My Valentine’s gift to myself ^^

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Yes, I practice good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly between meals, plus having my professional cleaning every six months, but

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Coffee stains are evident, including in recent photos from the Sweetheart Ball, yikes!!!

Motivational Monday: Claudie Royals & Community

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/16/2015 at 16:00

S is for …

Soul food * Speeches * Shoutouts 

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Abilene Reporter-News: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 (bottom of the cover)

at Claudie C. Royals‘ 70th Birthday Banquet

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Abilene Reporter-News: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 (page 4A)

 Before I covered this annual event during Black History Month again this year, I already felt the hype as I wrote the advance.

Rhodes and Royals

Fellow Cooper alum Dominic Rhodes & Matthias Royals, Class of 1997, part of the 1996 Cougars football team who went all the way to state until defeat against Austin Westlake

My good buddy, Big Matt, the youngest son of the late and great Royals, coordinated the function that featured his former football teammate and Super Bowl XLI champion Dominic Rhodes

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*Starstruck*: Papa Jun has always been impressed by Dominic, both on and off the field as a community ambassador

(who pointed out how he switched from Lincoln to Clack ~ our junior high ~ upon redistricting to face Matthias as an opponent running back at Jefferson in the 8th grade).

Cougars 'R' Us

Cougar Pride: We represent Cooper and are of Cougar age now! My mom had to steal a shot ~ which is why the men are looking in her direction ~ while my dad took this!

Along with Rhodes’ speech,

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Dominic Rhodes made remarks about Matthias being a community leader who follows in Claudie‘s footsteps

the key note address by the Rev. Felicia Hopkins (who also served as an Army Chaplain, including during Operation Iraqui Freedom and had ministered to wounded warriors at my birth hospital in Landstuhl, Germany) of St. Paul UMC ~ just down the street from Big Matt’s and my alma mater, McM ~ was inspirational,

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Glorify †GOD†!” ~ Rev. Felicia Hopkins, St. Paul UMC senior pastor, as 2015 keynote speaker

as well as seeing community leaders and youth who were recognized.

Royals family

“We feel like we’re being treated like royalty, as friends turn into family… Let it spread like wildfire.” ~ Michael T. Royals, eldest son

Random: I also ran into my elementary school ♫music♪ teacher, Mrs. Petty!

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One of my childhood inspirations: Susan Petty, my ♪music♫ teacher at Austin Elementary

Study Saturday: Joy of Children

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Study Saturday, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/14/2015 at 08:30

I must admit

I pursued my Master’s degree in the first place in order to teach adults at the college level because I thought that I lacked the patience to teach kiddos!

This past year, I ended up with opportunities to start teaching young people:

1.  first, through high school students earning college credit

RE: Dallas Cowboys

My R.E. student Adrian created this *Dallas Cowboys* pic that I ♥love♥

2. then, through †Religious Education† and private tutoring

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My student who I tutor ~ and has a valuable private school education ~ gave me this Reese’s PB ♥heart♥ ♥Valentine’s♥ gift that Asia ♥loves♥

Therefore, I’ve grown to ♥love♥ it, as I’ve always loved children anyways!

Study Saturday: Starbucks before Bucks Stars

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday on 02/14/2015 at 08:15

Before I got ready for the ♥Sweetheart♥ Ball

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Brain Food: Egg white & lean bacon breakfast sandwich of Healthy *Champs* from *Starbucks$

I had a Starbucks Haul!

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Cooling refreshmentOrange Mango Banana Smoothie to energize yours truly as I go scholar mode!

I stayed focused that day as I always †pray† everyday!

Foto Friday: Fam Cam ♥Love♥

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foto Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/13/2015 at 17:40

For my own photography

I love to use this ♥heart♥ theme as my trademark

to show that families center around ♥love♥

♥Elaine Dispo♥ Photography

♪I swear … By the moon & the *stars* & the sky© ♥Elaine Dispo♥Pho†ography

Picture-purrrfect for ♥Valentine’s♥ Day and always!