Slice of Life Tuesday: On Letting Them Go

Today and yesterday were my last days with my fifth graders. Some of these kids, I’ve worked with for a year or two. Others, we’ve been together for three, four, even five years. There is so much change that happens over the span of that time. Add our shared experiences living through COVID and itsContinue reading “Slice of Life Tuesday: On Letting Them Go”

Slice of Life Tuesday: Book Teaser

It’s been three years since I’ve been able to put together a collection of allegorical fiction with my fifth graders, but this year we’re doing it!

I always love this project so much, because it taps into the wealth of wisdom, perspective and potential these kids carry with them. I mean, I see it in them, and it makes my heart smile when they recognize it within themselves.

Slice of Life Tuesday: Word Play

Hello, world. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ll chart that up to the relative whomping that April often has for me, dust myself off, and get back with it. I’ll also say this: my One Little Word? Shift? Boy oh boy, has that come in handy. Suffice it to say, I’ve learned aContinue reading “Slice of Life Tuesday: Word Play”

Poetry Month Day 10: On Streaks

Since when did streakingbecome something poets dideach day in April? All I really knowis I’m not as ambitiousas WordPress would think And while statisticscan offer encouragementthey’re sometimes heavy: an extra bag tosling over a tired shoulder,drag to the next day or so, until Idecide enough is enoughand just let it go. Post-script: What can IContinue reading “Poetry Month Day 10: On Streaks”

Story Challenge Day 31: Finding the Words

A while back, I was looking for a word to describe the relationships that I have with the writers I’ve gotten to know online through the March story challenge. I wanted a word that accurately captured the synergy I feel with so many of you. And when I’m looking for a word that fits exactlyContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 31: Finding the Words”

Story Challenge Day 29: Requiem

Well, it finally happened. After six years of wearing my absolute favorite shirt on the planet, I put it on for an afternoon workout, only to discover a giant hole right under the arm. I don’t even know how it happened. I wore it last week. Was that hole there last week? I mean, IContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 29: Requiem”

Story Challenge Day 27: Another Little Word

My One Little Word for this year was hard to come by. I went through a lot of thinking before I settled in on space: space to just be, space to figure out what exactly I wanted or needed for myself. Well. I’ve been taking space. I’ve had time on my couch with some flairContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 27: Another Little Word”

Story Challenge Day 26: Happy Accident?

It all started at 5:45 am, when my Fitbit buzzed me awake. It was the first of two alarms I set so I’d be sure to get up to bring my mom to the airport. For the record, I’m not a person who snoozes alarms, but I am a person who gets anxious about thingsContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 26: Happy Accident?”

Story Challenge Day 23: Midnight Lyrics

Last night I woke up and song lyrics came into my mind: I hear the drizzle of the rainLike a memory it fallsSoft and warm, continuing,Tapping on my roof and walls “Kathy’s Song.” Simon and Garfunkel. It was, for a time, my very favorite song. I taught myself to play it on guitar. And fromContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 23: Midnight Lyrics”