Sunday, July 24, 2016

Celebrations Anyway I Can

  This weekend I celebrate with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build.  and link with others who share their celebrations, too. I am grateful to Ruth for starting this meme that offers a place to share!

      There have been good moments in this week, but it's been a hard week with the goodbye of a dear grand-dog and the RNC convention chaos, and me hoping that people will see the truth of this nominee and celebrate keeping the democracy we have.

My usual celebrations hold family times, family adventures, good books and walks seeing the beauty of nature. My son, daughter-in-law and grandson are off in Scandinavia with their close friends, having a marvelous time. The granddaughters were with me twice this week, playing in the front yard giving me song and dances, and then Friday their performance on a big stage as a finale from our Denver Center for the Performing Arts acting camp. The pictures from that are terrible, so not posting, but it was great seeing all the small plays from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade, making music and words come alive! One lovely part of this week was being with my writing group, great talk and support for our work!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Poetry In Memories

          Chelanne at Books 4 Learning welcomes us today for Poetry Friday. Come join in, or click the links to read everyone's offerings. 

           There is a moment when one knows it's time to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and this past week held that moment for my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters. Their "George", a rescued cattle dog has been with them for about six years, and I had the pleasure of his visits with them, and alone when they vacationed. He was sweet and caring with the daughters, the cats, was a dearest companion to my son-in-law. They traveled to work together every day. I woke on Wednesday morning with the first line in this poem in my head. Although George was only my pet on occasion, because I no longer have a pet, he was dear to me too. A part of me thinks George must be making others happy in this, his next life.

Year ago, taking care of Ingrid, who is now seven. 
Of George - 7/20/16

Up in heaven runs a pack of dogs;
the welcome fur is flying.
A dog named George
trots in to add
his smile with those arriving.

He knows he’ll miss that home he had-
the ones he loved,
who loved him so.
He will remember each caress
from the days he lived below.

It’s hard to say goodbye to love,
and when it’s time to go,
the memories in   
our hearts will stay
of George; we loved him so.

    LindaBaie ©All Rights Reserved

        I have been remiss in my haste to post and want to add that in the early summer, another beloved dog in our family also left, this time the Bernese Mountain dog, Truman, sweet love of my son, daughter-in-law and grandson. I've had the pleasure of his visits over the years, another dear member of the family. I imagine he's up there waiting to greet George, and yes, fur flying!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For The Love of Birds

              Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at Kidlit Frenzy, everyone shares wonderful non-fiction picture books. We learn much from authors who write about special topics.

               In this book, there is no story other than an intro by Geraldo Valério telling of his love of birds. However, the pages Valério has designed and filled with glorious paper collages of the birds of North America, filling double pages when there are larger birds. The text about each is brief, but sometimes extra information is added. There is a glossary, further sources of information and an index. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Slice of Giving Away

        I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today. It's always a pleasure to read what everyone writes about their lives.

Tired of the tension, trying to be more light-hearted in this post.

          I've used shoes quite a bit in my teaching. We've written poems about them, studied other poets' poems, and sketched them. There seems to be one scene in nearly every book about shoes. These past few days I've been trying to choose more clothes to give away. Shoes are the hardest. 
           Like others I know, I don't particularly like shoes. I'd rather spend more money on books. So, when I know that I have a pair of shoes that will "fit" an occasion and not be too out of date, I hesitate to get rid of them.    

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Monday Reading-Giveaway Winner

           Every Monday, it's a pleasure to link up with a group that reviews books they want to share with others. Come discover new books!
          Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who link up.   

It's time to announce the giveaway posted last week for a prize pack of Journey and Quest by Aaron Becker, thanks to Candlewick Press. 

Ricki, I'll contact you to get your address so the books can be mailed.


This is the third time I've mentioned this book below, but I had to share one more time. It's so good!
          There are sad books for middle grades, and I've read and loved many of them, sympathized with the hurt of children, wishing they could grow a little more before facing loss. But this book teaches! It shows teachers why they must listen and watch their students so carefully, knowing that hiding true things is what they do, just like Ms. Bixby knows. And it shows friends-Steve, Brand and Topher-uncommonly loyal, something to remember to be, something to learn to be! I was teary through quite a lot of the story. John Anderson tells a story that satisfies, surprises, and makes me want to shout out to the world: READ THIS BOOK! So I am!