Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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John Hancock Building Lobby Spectacular!

Last night my husband and I enjoyed dinner at the John Hancock building and as we were leaving, we walked past this very sparkly display! It has water underneath it that looks like polished marble, and reflection is like glass. Looking into the center of this display reminded me of outer space.

Enjoy this cool display with me, and have a wonderful start to your week!

-Mary Hope

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Young Adult Fiction to Read This Summer

I’m just wrapping up my year of teaching, and I just sent off this summer book suggestion list to my middle school students, so I thought I would share it with you as well!

If the review is quoted, it is from Patti Tjomsland and her workshop’s “What’s new in Young Adult Literature” handbook that I received when I attended her workshop.

Fantasy

Shadowcaster (first book) and Flamecaster (second book) – by Cinda Williams Chima http://amzn.to/2tmYHyd

For the second book: “Ash is forced into hiding after his father is murdered and his own life is endangered. On his quest for revenge he meets Jenna who shares his hatred for an evil king.”

 

Heartless –by  Marissa Meyer  http://amzn.to/2st5om0

“Ever wonder how the Red Queen became so heartless? Catherine just wanted to be a baker and then she falls in love with Jest which leads to heartbreak.”

 

Genius: the Game –by Leopoldo Gout   http://amzn.to/2sp1GZK

This book has a hanging ending! “First in a new series. Only 200 invitations go out to the best of the techies in the world for a huge competition. Tunde (an engineered genius from Nigeria) and Painted Wolf (an activist blogger from Shanghai) are invited and Mexican American Rex hacks his way onto the list. What is the real reason for this event?”

 And there are more…
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Be Bold Today!


I love taking photos of my work space as I’m cooking. This is how my workstation looked as I was cooking Thai Chicken Soup (see my recipes category for the recipe!)

Recently I’ve been reading an inspiring book, and here’s a quote from it that is very reassuring:

I am loving what @christybwright says: “Fear isn’t a sign that you’re doing something wrong. It is a sign that you are doing something new. It doesn’t mean you’re not capable, qualified, or ready. It just means you’re doing something that matters to you. And fear doesn’t mean you are doing something bad. It means you’re doing something bold.” -Christy Wright on page 14 of #businessboutique the book. 

Be bold today! 

#joy #treesoftransitionart 


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Do What You Love, Even if it Scares You!

Here’s a scene from coming back from northern Wisconsin yesterday, and here’s a challenging quote that I found in Christy Wright’s book Business Boutique: “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -Susy Kassem. 

Choose to do what you love even if you are scared sometimes! Teaching junior high students was one of the things I have done scared. What have you done–even though it gave you anxiety?
-Mary Hope

#greatquotes #businessboutique #christywright #naturephotography #treesoftransitionart 

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Catalpa Tree Blooms!

Driving to work yesterday I noticed this catalpa tree when I was waiting at a stoplight. Catalpa blooms look like little orchids with their cream background and maroon specks; they are one of my favorite blooms that come from a tree.

Happy Friday, Everyone!

-Mary Hope

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Turkey Three Bean Chili 

I cooked up this chili at my Mom’s request for her mother’s day meal, and we all loved it. The ground turkey makes it have less fat, and having three kinds of beans is fun!

Cook for 10 minutes in a 5-quart pot:

1 lb. ground turkey

1 chopped onion (or 6 Tblsp.  Dried minced onion)

Then add:

2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes

2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes

2 (15.5 oz.) cans mild chili beans

1 (15 oz.) can black beans

1 (15.5 oz.) red kidney beans

4 Tblsp. Chili powder

2 Tblsp. Cumin

1 Tblsp. Salt

1 ½ Tblsp. Molasses

2 cups water

Simmer on medium for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with sour cream, cheese, and corn bread, if desired. Enjoy! Makes about 3 quarts.

This recipe is dedicated to my Mom, who requested it!

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