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Forever

I read that passage again, and then I wrote a poem. . . . a Skinny because fewer words seemed best and some words needed repeating.

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Trellised

an untrellised cucumber Isn't it amazing how being a teacher permeates everything we do and think? At least it does for me. Who but a teacher would think of the classroom when looking at a gardening post? And I'm not talking about a science project either. Garden...

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Kites

Today is National Kite-Flying Day. That's what I just read. Hmmm... I've always associated kites with March winds. I wonder? And... last night I watched "Kite Runner." I wonder now, was it scheduled to coincide with this special kite day? Intrigued, I searched and...

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Crafting a Sentence

I was just finishing lunch when a message from a fourth grade class via their teacher lit up the screen on my phone. Figure 1 Anyone who knows me, knows what I immediately did. Here is the snapshot of my notes that I texted back. Figure 2 In my opinion, the sentence ....

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Scope and Sequence

Some have asked for my original Scope and Sequence -- the one I developed to use when I wrote the Johnny Can Spell and Write Lesson Planner Series.  Here it is:   Alice-Nine_Scope-Sequence  

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High-Sailing Hawks

Journal Entry. August 1. Yesterday--that would be the last day of July--my fourteen-year-old, over-six-foot-tall grandson and I were deadheading my very tall rose bush—a bush that grows higher than the eaves of our garage. Stretching out his long arms carefully so as...

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I Won a Book!

Slice of Life Who doesn't like receiving a box in the snail mail? Two weeks ago I was so excited to received the following Twitter message!   You see, earlier in the month, while following IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS Blog Tour, I'd commented and entered my name in...

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Harbor Seals

A Photo Exchange:  More than Meets the Eye A Guest Post by Cathy Miller Last month Margaret at Reflections on the Teche invited her readers to participate in “More than Meets the Eye” photo exchange. I eagerly joined in, but somehow I missed that I needed a blog to...

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Cathy’s Red Fox

Poetry Friday. A Photo Exchange:  More than Meets the Eye In April, Margaret Simon and Molly Hogan came up with a plan and invited poets to join in a photo/poetry exchange. Those who were interested submitted a form and then Margaret matched us with someone in a...

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Mike Nine Field

Slice of Life. Sun and clouds have battled all day, but as evening approaches, the sun has won. There is no rain. This is significant on a May evening in Portland. We gather early at Harrison Park, finding our places on the familiar bleachers. Dark clouds are blowing...

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Scent of Salmon

Poetry Friday. Chinook The scent of salmon lingers. Creek waters ripple over smooth stones. Cedar and moss fill the air. At dusk, near water's edge, bears feast. While snow covers the ground, eggs wait in nesting pockets. Winter turns to spring and in gravelly redds,...

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Noticing

Slice of Life. I couldn't resist. No matter how much I had on my desk, I just couldn't resist. The morning was so beautiful, I had to go outside. So I took a noticing walk around my back yard. Hushed beauty under the warmth of filtered sunlight. The light fell across...

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Mom

Poetry Friday : Mom Happy Mother's Day! Last year for Mother's Day, I wrote of my mother -- a five-minute stream-of-consciousness piece that became the draft of a poem. This week, I revised those lines, and with them I honor the memory of my mother, gentle and strong....

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This Kind of Evening

Slice of Life   At two in the afternoon we backed out of our driveway and headed to the coast for two relaxing days.   This kind of evening I've dreamed about the sea before us sand beneath our feet dragons flying in the sky tethered to earth with a string...

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Magnolia Table

Celebrate Life. On Friday I became one of 169,000 special people. The morning was routine. I checked out of the Radisson, caught the shuttle to ELP International Airport, checked two bags at the ticket counter, completed the TSA ritual, and walked to the end of...

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Poets Paint

Poetry Friday. Poets paint with words Words form images my eyes can't see breathe my thoughts to life and nourish my soul Words sing tunes I've not learned dance strange rhythms in my feet and pierce ignorance with light Words wrap 'round me like a shroud make wet my...

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A Special Day

Spiritual Journey: Special Days Sunday. The first day of the week. Always a new beginning. Sundays always have been and always will be a special day for me. A day different from all the other days of the week. A day to join with others in song and prayer and scripture...

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A Busy Monday

Slice of Life Monday is fading, and there is only one word for this one. Busy. I'm catching a morning flight tomorrow and will be out of my office all week. I will be away from home all week. It is the last day of the month. First quarter reports had to be turned in...

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Poetry is… #30

April 30: Happy National Poetry Month! I am celebrating Poetry Month by pairing quotes about poetry with images. I will share one each day without commentary. #poetryquote #NPM2018

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