Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Monthly Theme: Yellow! And It's Also My Birthday!


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OK, this one is harder than I expected. I've already shown you a pinwheely forsythia blossom, as yellow as the day is long. And come on, the Sunsphere is an obvious golden gimme - plus, it's my magnificent obsession, you've seen it here before ad nauseum. So what's a Knoxville Girl to do?

Seemed like a good time for a public service announcement for a wonderful local group that helps people improve their lives.

The Friends of Literacy is a private non-profit organization that serves Knox County and helps adults get the basic education and life skill training they need to improve their lives.

Did you know... that in Knox County (population a bit over 380,000) there are over 46,000 adults without a high school education... and over 10,000 can't read beyond a sixth grade level? The volunteers at Friends of Literacy help them with their reading and math skills so they can pass their high school equivalency test. Friends of Literacy also help ESL (English as Second Language) folks improve their English reading and speaking skills.

I've just gone through the 10 hour volunteer training classes and am eagerly looking forward to being placed as a math tutor or a language tutor. I think this is going to be a great experience. We all received that yellow star in the photo.

Also, today is my birthday, and coincidentally this photoblog's birthday too. My blog is one year old today! I am... erm .... quite a bit older than my blog.

So thanks to everyone who's visited and shared comments. I've learned so much about photography, and many other things too, from you all. It's been a pleasure to meet you, if only in the comments box. I hope my work and personal schedules will cut me some slack so I can visit all your wonderful blogs again. Now I'm on to the challenge of Year Two!

90 comments:

Laurie said...

Excellent choice! (And have a very happy birthday!!!)

Sally said...

Many happy returns!
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Kim said...

Woo hoo, this is a trifecta (did I spell that right?) First HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOOOOO YOOOUUU! Second, happy first Blogoversary! And third, that is so cool to feature the literacy star for your theme day Yellow post.
Enjoy this day and all its ways, Knoxville Girl!
-Kim

Halcyon said...

I'm a fan of literacy at least!

Happy birthday!!! I guess you must have some problems with it being on April Fool's Day. :)

Jim said...

Happy birthday and happy anniversary. I like your post and the commitment you have made to help.

Jilly said...

Well Happy Birthday and any friend of Literacy is alright by me. Nice choice. Have a great day, KNoxville Girl.

B Squared said...

Happy Birthday. Have a great day!

Virginia said...

Happy Birthday, Happy Blog Birthday, Happy Theme Day and Congrats on joing the ranks of literacy volunteers in Knoxville! Well done my friend. Now, I'm have some JD in celebration of all o f the above. ( Well at 5:00 that is!)

Saretta said...

Hey this is an all around big day for you! In Italian I could tell you "auguri" which covers "congratulations", "happy birthday", "best wishes" and all kinds of that sort of sentiment. I wholeheartedly approve of your commitment to literacy, too!

Shantaram said...

Happy birthday to you! And do wish your blog for me, too! All the best for year two and... erm... beyond!

I'm sure you'll keep the star shining!

Babooshka said...

Blimey you don't do things by halves do you! This is like the Holy Trinity and the crucial 3 rolled into one. Many,many,happy returns on your birthday I hope you have had a great day. Well done on the volunteer front. In this day and age to put yourself out for others is a rarity. Finally huge congrats on 1st anniversay of the blog. It is always pleasure, the humour, the images are right up my street. Here's to year two. Clnking the JD.

Jacob said...

Love the photo. Happy Birthday to you!

Abe Lincoln said...

I forgot all about theme day.

Mo said...

od dear oh dear just like the white rabbit I am late. I'm late for a very important date. happy birthday to you. Happy blog year to you. And great theme day pic. Just right for the day really.

marley said...

Don't know how I missed this yesterday!

Happy belated birthday, I hope you enjoyed it. And happy blogiversary too! I really enjoy your posts and comments.

And it still weirds me out that one of my photos is in a kitchen in Knoxville! :)

Hilda said...

Oh goodness, how could I have missed this! *hangs head in shame*

However belatedly: Happy, happy birthday! Happy blog anniversary! Happy theme day! And good luck with the tutoring!

Congratulations for all the milestones that you've just celebrated, but more than anything else, thank you for sharing so much of yourself — through this blog and now, through your work with Friends of Literacy. Bless you.

Anonymous said...

good

Anonymous said...

However belatedly: Happy, happy birthday! Happy blog anniversary! Happy theme day! And good luck with the tutoring!

Anonymous said...

,many,happy returns on your birthday

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday.

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