Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spiritual Health

Best Lent Ever...
Fasting...
Identified a habit...
Turning on the tv as I go to bed...
In its place...
Reading, 
Listening, 
Reflecting
To the words 
Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody, 
A Purpose Driven Live.
Filling my heart
With the joyful music
And messages 
Of Christian hymns.  
Peacefully 
Falling asleep, 
Grateful for blessings bestowed.

Looking forward, 
Looking ahead, 
Making a plan
For spiritual growth 
With its beginnings in
Fasting...
Best Lent Ever 

Monday, April 3, 2017

So Much Depends

Getting ready to start celebrating National Poetry Month with fourth graders.  Starting with the book Love That Dog.  As I reread the book, I was inspired to compose my own version of The Red Wheelbarrown by William Carlos Williams.

So much depends upon
Kindness
A welcoming 
Smile,
Encouraging 
Words, 
Thoughtful 
Actions, 
A gift of peace,
Love. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Writing Across the Curriculum

Find someone who...
Looking at the bingo card
Catching glimpses of myself
From the past
And the present.
Posts sitting in my draft 
Waiting to be published. 
Writing without publishing.

Done. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Reading, writing, reflecting

Reading about writing
leads me to stop reading,
temporarily.
Inspired 
to capture 
an aha from
a conversation swirling in my head
from yesterday. 

Purposeful. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Singing to learn

Trying to learn a new language, 
Taking baby steps.
Revisiting what I already know from courses taken decades ago.
Reflecting on what has stuck with me. 
A song that I learned long ago, 
Porque te quiero, 
I can still sing it with gusto. 
Regrouping. 
Learning through song, 
That's the ticket. 
Singing to learn. 
Singing my heart out to nursery rhymes and children's songs 
And happily smiling as I make my way down the road. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

National Poetry Month Musings


It started with a Twitter conversation,
and has not yet ended.
The topic National Poetry Month.
"What do you do with your students to celebrate NPM?" posed the moderator. 

As a teacher and a learner,
a more appropriate question-
"What do you do as a learner to celebrate NPM?" 

Research,
explore and 
take a risk-
write, 
reflect, 
pull it apart, 
take it apart, 
bring bits together, 
reflect some more, 
write some more, 
tie it together.
Take another risk
and hit publish. 


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mantra

Over the past several days, 
there have been changes, 
at home, 
at work, 
and places in between. 

As I process what these changes will bring-
uncertain, uncomfortable, unending, 
I was comforted by a mantra shared tonight-
Become. 

Become...
constant and yet evolve.
Become...
A beacon and a traveler
Become...
A driver and a passenger.
Become...
The best version of oneself.
Become.