Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Poetry Holiday

        Join all Poetry Friday bloggers at Buffy's Blog today. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it's a lovely time of year for gathering.

        You may know Ursula Fanthorpe (known as UA Fanthorpe), but I discovered some of her work just a few years ago, and enjoy her new-to-me look at some treasures of life. This piece in The Telegraph shares three of her poems, and that she began writing Christmas poems for friends in 1974, and sent them in her yearly Christmas cards. You can find a collection of these poems in Christmas Poems: BC:AD here

Here's a favorite poem by UA Fanthorpe for Christmas:


This was the moment when Before
Turned into After, and the future's
Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pondering Wandering

Time for the weekly Slice of Life at the Two Writing Teachers blog.  Tweet at #SOL14  

       Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Beth, Anna and Betsy for all the support in this community.

at my old cabin
         Time to consider a new one little word, and to reflect upon the year past with my word, wander.  Merriam-Webster states that wander means “to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction.”  Although I have wandered to other places this year, usually with intent: the All-Write in Indiana (to see and be with online friends, to learn), to Missouri with daughter and all three grandchildren (road trip to see my brother and family), and to Pennsylvania to join a poetry group (writing, writing), I feel that those trips and others closer to home still mean “wandering”.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book Love on Monday

         Thanks Sheila, for starting Book Journeys, so Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Ricki and Kellee at Unleashing Readers can start It's Monday! What Are You Reading?-such fun, such a lot of books to love!
                 Tweet at #IMWAYR
         Before the holidays are over, I'd like share two books for you to enjoy if you celebrate Christmas.

Santa Clauses, Short Poems from the North Pole – written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Chuck Groenink
             This can serve as a marvelous countdown to the 25th; however, you can just find the book and enjoy it in one sitting, too. Raczka has written 26 haiku to share in the countdown to Christmas, and what beautiful ones they are, accompanied by detailed, nostalgic illustrations. One thing that is wonderful is the way Mrs. Claus is included in some of both the story and the pictures. Another is that there are a few pages showing Santa reading, one time alone, last minutes of the day? And another reading to the reindeer. Santa and Mrs. Claus are a loving couple. Raczka writes—for Dec. 18th page: “Mrs. Claus and I/wrapped neatly in our bed quilts—
matching packages.” The end papers are filled with Christmasy images, like candy canes and bells.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Celebrating, Still & Again

             Thanks to Ruth Ayres at Discover, Play, Build we celebrate our week of special moments.

       Choosing the many gems of the week to celebrate is just fun. The week was good, the weather was back to t-shirt weather (although ending Sunday with snow), and Friday capped it off with decorating my tree with Ingrid. We had so much fun I forgot to take a picture!
        I don't get to spend as much time with my youngest granddaughter, Imogene, because of being so busy (them and me) and our schedules don't always coincide. But she spent last Sunday afternoon with me, went to school to help me do some work, and we played outside for a while, with shadows, walking around the grounds looking at dried flowers and seed pods, and climbing some of the big rocks. She is a little elf, and such fun, a true 3 1/2 year old!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Poetry Friday Appreciating

        Paul Hankins, at These 4 Corners, is hosting us on Poetry Friday today. Thanks Paul!

            I'm back in the classroom again, have written a number of times about it, the pleasure of being with students all day, and the challenges of moving into the rhythm of teaching full time again. Today, I'd like to share my writing with students about a perfect morning. 
Best view in the school. 

Glad To Be Back

Mozart helps us nestle--
contented students.
Gray clouds hover outside,
sleet spits at the windows;
small murmurings and
brain clouds float inside.
A chair scrapes. Someone coughs.
A student sighs; I wonder why. 
They sit at computers,
fingers tapping.
Others journal,
pencils scratching.
Quiet voices wing in from the hall:
“Hey, great to see you, how are you all?”
Time to move, and re-sharpen pencils
for workshop gathering at the carpet.
Sharing words, sharing dreams.
Everyone's still thinking hard,

even before lunch.
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