03/26/22 – On this day in 1983…

On this day in 1983, I officially became a living, breathing member of society and with every full orbital rotation, I feel compelled to reflect on the past year while looking forward to the next. Today’s reflection is inspired by last year’s post: NYT 7 Q’s/Bday Reflections. I had to modify the questions because theContinue reading “03/26/22 – On this day in 1983…”

03/25/22 – sour mood

In Wegmans today, Ralphie grabbed my leg and told me that he hoped I would feel less sad soon. I know kiddo. There were a lot of people around, the sounds and lights were too much and I was trying to find solid ground for my nerves. I am usually pretty good at hiding theContinue reading “03/25/22 – sour mood”

03/22/22 – American Woodcocks

Last spring, Ralphie and I were wandering the back paths. Nothing on our minds, just a chance to connect with the quiet after a long day. We noticed a brown fluff on the ground and as we approached we saw a unique-looking bird, with large black eyes and a long beak. We didn’t know whatContinue reading “03/22/22 – American Woodcocks”

03/18/22 – 70* Days

What do you do with a 70* day? Do you stay inside and do the dishes?Or do you open the doors and blow dandelion wishes? Do you fold all the laundry that is baskets and piles?Or do you walk through the field, the woods, for miles and miles? Do you make the beds and scornContinue reading “03/18/22 – 70* Days”

03/17/22 – St. Patrick’s Day

Before Ralphie started school, we didn’t know to create traps of green and gold, hot glue and coins. We didn’t know there was a little mischievous leprechaun that would find his way into our home to spread gold confetti everywhere or that he would pee in our toilet and not flush. But now that RalphieContinue reading “03/17/22 – St. Patrick’s Day”

03/08/22 – Ralphie is an artist

Yesterday I opened your backpack, the one with the T-rex from Jurassic World on it. The one that you weren’t sure you wanted, but deep down loved. Going through your take-home folder I found your book of “-it” words, a “melted snowman” and a fundraising form. A fundraiser that uses a student-selected art piece, toContinue reading “03/08/22 – Ralphie is an artist”

Packing Ralphie’s library

from my writer’s notebook: I packed up Ralphie’s library today. I guess I started there because I knew that I would be able to clear the space quickly. Most of them in crates, used as bookshelves, already. I have to make his room look and feel larger than it really is. I packed up Ralphie’sContinue reading “Packing Ralphie’s library”

Two Sentence Stories (3/11/21)

One of my favorite professional reads from 2020 was Spark! by Paula Bourque; like Rief’s Quickwrites Handbook, Bourque offers yet another approach to get the ideas flowing for students. This morning, while searching for inspiration, I opened her text and reminded myself of two-sentence stories (p. 114). It was an immediate yes. As I wasContinue reading “Two Sentence Stories (3/11/21)”

My Every Morning (03/03/21)

There’s a little voice I think I hear I’m sitting on my left legit’s falling asleep under memy weight on my left elbow Facing the portrait windowsthat lead to the backyard, the birdsat my feeders, I’m occupied by my thoughts,my daily form of meditation Soft footsteps now echoing down the oak stairs,the walls conversing withContinue reading “My Every Morning (03/03/21)”

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