Thursday, July 30, 2015

Poetry Friday-Keri's Farm

            Today, Poetry Friday is hosted today by Keri Lewis, at Keri Recommends on Prairie Blossom Bee Farm. It's lovely to visit the country. Thanks Keri!

Not quite the same, but. . . 

        Each evening I walk to our bank of mailboxes to get the mail. Yesterday, wind was blowing, more than a breeze, and so many wind chimes were ringing, chiming, tinkling that I walked around two blocks so I could hear more. I haven't watched the weather in a few days, but know that this is a signal that the weather will be different soon.  

         evening walk for mail
         wind chimes harmonize -
         weather’s changing
                      Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NF Pic Books-If you love The Little Prince

           Time to share on Wednesdays with Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at her blog, Kidlit Frenzy.   
        Thanks Alyson!   Tweet - #NFPB15

           It's a special day today. I get to celebrate nonfiction picture books I love, and a couple of birthdays! 

           Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born on this day in 1900, the year one set of my grandparents were born. It was fascinating to read these books and to see what my grandparents saw during their lifetimes, as well as what Saint-Exupéry saw and did. 
          And special to share, it is also my granddaughter Imogene’s fourth birthday! What amazing thing will she see in her lifetime?

The biography by Peter Sis was published last year, and the book by Bimba Landmann, in 2013. Both are interesting. I reviewed the Sis book earlier this year, and I just got the other one at my library. Two years ago was the 70th anniversary of The Little Prince. What a gift we still have from this fascinating man in love with flying and the stars!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Slice of a Lesson

          Slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community is a pleasure every week.  Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Betsy, Beth and Anna! 

           As many of you know, I am officially retired, won't be returning for more coaching or teaching, but I will be visiting Ingrid's class. That will be my pleasure at school this year. I hope to travel to visit my grandson this fall, too. He'll be a freshman in high school, hard to believe! I don't imagine he will wish for me to visit his classes, but perhaps I can make it for a music concert? 

           So, as I read about many of you talking about the next year, I wonder how I will feel in September? Will it be okay to tell people I'm retired? The slices will be different, may only be what I used to do? I feel like it's going to be fine. I'm looking forward to venturing into some different kinds of life's slices, and hoping they will be just as sweet.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Monday Reading Recap

           On Mondays, I'm lucky to link up to share books I've read that are for children and teens with Jen at TeachMentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders. Others link to share adult books with Sheila at Book Journeys who started the meme a long time ago. It's great to read about so many good books available, new and old! Come visit, and tweet at #IMWAYR. Thanks to Jen, Kellee, and Ricki for hosting!
        I completed a lot of books this week, and am about a third of the way into Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. I'm not sure what to think yet. The writing is good, but I get shivers more than usual in a book, even one I know that's supposed to be scary. I'm getting a few hints of the unreal, so that actually makes me feel better. If it was real, I think I might stop.

       FUN! In my organization of all my books, trying to fit many that moved home from school with me, I discovered an old book on a shelf titled The Delights of Reading, by an Otto Bettmann, published 1987, filled with quotes, notes, pictures, etc. I've had it a long time, didn't really remember it. Here is one cartoon I thought many of you would relate to. It isn't just us in the 21st century who are avid readers!

       Two books read this week are awesome books totally different from each other, and they've both been talked about so positively. I hope some of you still haven't read them. I joined the twitter chat last Thursday hosted by Kellee and Ricki, and it was fun to see what everyone thought about Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beaseley. On the chat, Allison Beecher shared that there is talk of a sequel: good news to me!
        Here are the books I'd like to share this week. This time, it seems that except for the PD book, a big focus is on animals. I must say that I do love books with lions and bears in them, and there have been many in the past few years. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Celebrating People In Children's Lives

              I celebrate each Saturday with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build.  There are many others who celebrate, too. Come join us!          Tweet at #CelebrateLu

            This week was filled with lots and lots of reading, and a celebration at the end yesterday when I went to Ingrid's play at our Denver Center for Performing Arts after two weeks of drama camp. This is her third year, and it is impressive what the teachers and students do in creating a wonderful ending, on a big stage, for all families who come to see. They group them by grade so there are performances from kindergarten all the way to 5th grade. Imi did one week last week and they too had a small performance but I missed it because of other plans. Both had a great time. The organization of that many children is admirable, and the ending always lovely. 
           All the students gather "down front" in the theater,  each with the teachers, ready for the performance, watching and waiting for their turn. I was impressed and then was reminded of all the adults in children's lives that I appreciate, that I have celebrated in my own children's lives, and celebrate now for my grandchildren. It does indeed take a village!
           I've participated in #CyberPD this year with Cathy Mere, Michelle Nero and Laura Komos, a joyful learning experience. As I read so many posts of reflection, I was in awe of all each one told of what they've been doing, what they've planned to do next year. I celebrate teachers! Here are a few picture reminders of all the adults I appreciate in children's lives.
Scout leaders! Carter finished this week of 
leadership training, then another week of camp, 
will soon be on his way to an outdoor 
adventure in Michigan.