Thursday, May 31, 2012

What a crazy ride the last few years have been... So many changes that I never dreamed of and most of them good. Here I am going to start another stage, it's very exciting and scary at the same time.

I've been running a day care from home for the last 13 years and have had the joy of watching children grow and learn. These children have become a part of me and my extended family. A few even tell people they live at Maura's house. I hope they have had a positive experience with me and that they will come back to visit in the years to come. Now with the state requiring me to cover the playgound with wood chips, 9" no less, it looks like this is the time to change directions. The cost is out of my range but additionally I don't want the wood chips and mess in my yard. I don't feel they are safer than a child falling on the grass off of a swing and am worried that the little ones will try to eat them.

You will find me in the gym a lot more getting back the strength I have lost over the last few months of endless meetings. Running CrossFit kids and CrossFit classes, starting new programs and seeing where it all takes me. I am truly excited and looking forward to the opportunities that are open to me.

Oddly enough if there had to be a time to change directions maybe this is a good one. I haven't stopped running in the last three years since my divorce. Never had the time for a vacation. Hopefully this will allow me to spend more time with my children over the summer and take a break for myself as well. Maybe even get to see friends that I just haven't had time to visit.

Hope to see you soon! <3

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Maura Buri for School Board - Qualifications letter

Hello, my name is Maura Buri and I am writing to you as a candidate for Upper Merion School Board Director Region 3 – 2 year term. I am a lifelong resident of our township and a graduate of Upper Merion Area Schools and now have 3 children in our school system. Times have changed and the demands are greater at a much younger age. We need representatives who will give our township’s children an opportunity to learn and excel at everything they do as well as someone who understands that we live in difficult economic times. As someone who owns my own business and is a single mother of 3, I feel the impact that taxes have on our families and guarantee to look into options and be prudent before spending your taxpayer dollars. I look forward to listening to your input and ideas because school board directors are a voice for the entire community. I would like to see all kids involved in either clubs, activities or sports and being an active member of the community. We also need to have a zero tolerance, strictly enforced bullying policy.
My background and life experience fully qualifies me for service on the school board including:
• PTC President and Corresponding Secretary for four years;
• Big sister in the Big Brother/Big Sisters program for four years;
• Volunteering for Senior Citizens through Mid County Senior Services for five years;
• Created and designed a children’s arts and crafts program at my church;
• Taught religious prep education for five years;
• Girl Scout leader for five years and Service Unit Manager for three;
• Volunteered and ran every event at my children’s preschool; and
• Initiated the Upper Merion Fit Fest which is currently going into its fifth year.

People have asked me why do I want to serve on the Upper Merion Area School Board? There’s no pay. It takes a lot of time. It can be very frustrating. The answer is simple: I believe in giving children the best opportunities now for a successful future and am willing to give of myself and time to see that happen in our community.
Feel free to ask me with any questions you might have and my contact information is listed below. Please vote for not only myself but for Team Focus; a team of parents focusing on the success of the children. Please get out the vote on Tuesday, November 8th. I hope to have your support.

Maura Buri
610-476-9787 cell

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Actually took a little time today to be alone and work in the flower garden. I had forgotten how much I like working around the yard and just making it look welcoming. It also gave me time to think. I don’t do much of that anymore either. I keep myself pretty busy, maybe too busy sometimes. I love all the things I do and get involved in but once in a while need to take some down time. It’s just not so appealing when you are alone. Walking in the park just gives me more time to think, watching movies is up there with going out to eat by yourself, it just gets boring. It is one of those necessary evils though, a time to get a reality check and see if you are happy with where you are, what you do and where you are going. I realized yes, I am happy with where I am and I can only hope that the things I do can and will make a difference in someone’s life; helping them in some way. It’s the where you are going that makes me unsure. Even I can only plan so much and have to take a step back and let life just happen at some point... hopefully along that road I’ll run into the person that will walk it with me…

Wednesday, February 23, 2011



Love is such a funny thing… wonderful at times, hurtful at others. It can have you falling over backwards for someone or crying your eyes out.

When you are hurt, even once, you start to not trust yourself or others… sometimes you are hurt enough that you are not capable of feeling love. Don’t get me wrong, I love my children, family and friends with all my heart, just a special someone for me I can’t love. That is where I am now. It’s a horrible place to be. No matter how hard you try it’s just an emotion you can’t feel, an emptiness inside. It’s not like I don’t want to but am just incapable of it. It was funny when the psychic said the same thing to me with no information given to her… all I could say is “I know.”

I also know that one day there will be someone that comes into my life and will change all of that. (The psychic said that too) I will just keep doing what I do, living and trying new things. One day I hope that will change, maybe that one day won’t have to be too many years off from now.

Until then………

Monday, January 24, 2011

Referendum Vote in Upper Merion

Many of you know that the Special Election Referendum vote is tomorrow, January 25th, but unfortunately many do not. I am writing not only as a parent of three children but as a resident of Upper Merion as well. We need for this referendum to pass not only for the safety and welfare of the children (which is the first priority) but also for our properties to retain their current value.

In this day and age there should not be a school where smoke detectors and sprinkler systems aren’t installed and working. Unfortunately, this is the case at Caley, one of our elementary schools. Additionally, at Caley the announcement system does not reach the entire school and when an emergency lock down was called for last school year a few of the classrooms carried on like normal not knowing it was in effect. The boom of new developments and younger families moving into our district has created overcrowding in all four of our elementary schools. Closets are now turned into specialist rooms.

As a home owner, this referendum must pass for if it does not we will be forced to have trailers placed at elementary schools. Our property values will go down and our Upper Merion Schools will not be the District people would want their children to attend making it harder when trying to sell your home or refinance.

It is true that schools were closed in the 1980’s due to lack of enrollment. I know as I went through this school district. I attended Gulph Road Elementary until it closed. My classroom in 3rd grade was a combined class of 3rd and 4th grades and had around 17-20 students total. There was no reason to keep the school open. But times have changed. We could reopen Gulph Road but it would displace the Senior Center and we would also lose the revenue from Toddler Town and Gymboree and we’d still have to spend a lot of money to rehabilitate that school for today’s standard which would require the school district to raise taxes as well.

Will our taxes go up? Yes. The average home assed at $200,000 at will pay an additional $26 the first year and $52 for years 2-15. The amount in total will be approximately $1,044 for the 15 years and then the taxes would be reduced by that amount and the bond would be paid in full. I am a single mother of three children; I do know firsthand how hard it is in this economy to keep up with bills, home repairs and daily living. I am not trying to down grade that in any way but safety comes first.

This is just the opinion of one person of the tens of thousands that live here but, I truly care for the children and want to see them given the best opportunity to learn and grow. Please take the time to go to your usual voting spot and vote YES for this referendum.

Maura Buri
610-834-1492 home, 610-476-9787 cell

Friday, December 31, 2010

Good bye 2010.....Hello 2011...!

Goals for the New Year

I won’t say I am making resolutions. To say that I am going to resolve to do something is setting myself up for failure. If for one day I don’t do what I resolved to do, have I really failed or is starting back at it the next day okay? Instead, I will make goals. Reachable, attainable, but not easy, goals…the kind that one still strives and works for.

The list will grow as goals are reached. If we stop making new goals then we stop learning, growing and achieving. I hope to still be challenging myself until I am no longer able to think or breathe.

*Get my home the way I now want it for my children, my business and myself.

*CrossFit on a regular basis…no excuses…
unassisted pull-ups, hand stand and hand stand pushups, dead lift in the 200’s, run a half-marathon, pistols, of course the list there can be never ending….

*Run for a school board position and whether I win the election or not have a clean campaign in which I can enlighten others to the happenings in the district and encourage them to get involved. Either way I will still be active in every way possible.

*Zip line

*Metro Dash, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder

*Become a facilitator for Love and Logic

*Get a couple more classes in.

*Might be vain but… Be able to wear a bathing suit and be comfortable in it.

*Stick with a Paleo diet

The past year was definitely a challenge but with incredible friends (new and old) and family it is behind me (as much as possible) and I am very happy. I have been in remission for 8 years. I complained about a haircut but there was a time I lost about two-thirds of it. I have so much to be thankful for and believe me I am.

Thank you to everyone for being in my life, I am a better person because of it.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I am Thankful for.....

I am thankful for…...

…..every challenge and obstacle that has made me a stronger and more confident person.
…… all of the wonderful new friends I have met and all of the old ones that I am fortunate to have in my life.
….. my beautiful, thoughtful and gorgeous children who drive me bonkers and brighten my every day.
…. the home we live in although very messy at times, it keeps us dry, safe and warm.
….. the families that entrust me with their babies and in turn gives me an income to provide for mine.
….. my health that keeps me going and lets me keep up with my children.

Next year I think I will have a Thanksgiving breakfast…. That way more people can come and visit. To many times it’s just immediate family that you see on a holiday. I’d like to enjoy it with friends as well. After all, they are my extended family. I don’t need the whole turkey deal to enjoy the day, it’s who you are with that counts. Hopefully you will be able to stop in!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may you be truly grateful for all you have in life.