Living in the Moment and a Simple Recipe

Well, my intentions were good. A two week vacation should have afforded me plenty of blogging opportunities. (Especially since we were driving from Wisconsin to Maine and back.)   Maybe I should blame the course I took this summer: Mindfulness for Educators. I could say I was doing such a great job of living in…

Waiting for Wisdom

"With age comes wisdom..." Not sure who said it, but since I'll be 50 next year, I kinda like this quote (or at least the first four words). I simply cannot wait to be wise. Now don't get me wrong, I have figured out a few things along the way: marriage, child rearing, teaching, nutrition. (Not saying I'm…

Hello, Summer!

Poetry Anthologies graded. Field trip survived. Report card comments written. File folders emptied. Google Docs organized. Classroom rearranged. Storage closet cleaned. Goodbyes spoken. Coworkers hugged. Summer. Today is my third day of vacation, and although I was anxiously anticipating time to write, I've been procrastinating. I believe it's God's way of allowing me to empathize with my…

There’s Only One You (Or…worst title EVER.)

Finally. It’s poetry time. Now I realize the calendar says May, and April is officially poetry month, but whoever made that decision didn’t realize there are pacing guides to be followed. I simply could not begin poetry until Informational Writing had been taught, practiced, and assessed. And that didn’t happen until the beginning of May. And…

Kind of a Big Deal

I bought a yoga mat. Kind of a big deal. A few weeks ago, I walked into Scheel's Sporting Goods, took the escalator to the second floor (don't judge...I would have taken the steps, but there were three "adorable" children messing around on the stairs, and I didn't feel like disturbing their play), and navigated to…