Friday, December 13, 2013

Tiny Things-Like The Temperature!


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Thanks to Ruth Ayres at DiscoverPlayBuild, for this Saturday tradition of sharing our celebrations.  Come visit to share the celebrations!  Tweet at #Celebratelu

       There is that spirit in the air, busy with final projects at school, planning for different kinds of celebrations, with students, colleagues and friends, and then finally, family!  This recent week I

*had high tea with friends at a local tea house, complete with lemon curd and clotted cream on scones!


*had a cozy evening with my writers group, enjoying beautiful words and vegetable soup!

*loved having book groups, writing groups, and book talks with students, a marvelous conversation with two groups of colleagues, and various one-on-one talks with teachers, readying for the turning of the year, the "what's next" in planning!

*enjoyed dinner out with a family friend.

*finished several good books, and started new ones.

       And today, am decorating my new Christmas tree with granddaughter Ingrid!  Looking forward to the final week before break with students and colleagues.  We hold a Festival of Light on the last day of school where groups and individuals all over the school celebrate light that enters our lives in many ways through displays.  For a quiet hour, all of us tour the school to visit the displays, a very special time.  I have used the following quote in the past, am not sure yet what I'll share this year: "Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." Maori Proverb  We would display the quote and students would draw their own version of the sun to illustrate.  
       
       Here's an old postcard I found among the numerous pieces of ephemera I have kept from various family members.  Have a wonderful week, everyone!

       

30 comments:

  1. A joyous spirit does fill the air as we get closer to Christmas. Your week was filled with that spirit.

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    1. Thanks Elsie, it will be busy, but such fun!

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  2. I love that spirit. This week was wonderful, the next week will be even better. Today, decorating the tree with Ingrid - that's the best. Enjoy today.

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    1. I agree with every word, Terje! Will have a great time with Ingrid & the tree! Thank you!

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  3. The quote is beautiful. Would love to see a picture of the images the students produce to illustrate it. Have a wonderful weekend with your granddaughter.

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    1. I don't have those pictures Margaret, but will try to take a few of some of the displays this coming week. Thanks!

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  4. I love your quote and I love the idea of having different kids illustrate it in different ways! Perfect!

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    1. Thanks Carol, this "festival" is a favorite tradition. Hope your coming week is good!

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  5. I love the quote. Many teachers I work with need this right now. I just might have to share it. Enjoy your day of decorating! Should be fun.

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    1. Thank you-hope it is shared, Leigh Anne. Bringing light to ourselves and others is important for our well-being.

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  6. I love the idea of Festival of Lights. I think that I need to find all the lights (-cordless and flameless candles) that I have and put them on my windows. I want to celebrate light at the darkest time of the year! Happy decorating with your granddaughter!

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    1. Thanks Jaana-terrific to find those lights!

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  7. Perhaps it is SPIRIT that I feel in the air. It is certainly energy and the kids are excited even if they do not celebrate Christmas!

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    1. Yes, that spirit is what we celebrate in our Festival, Anita. It will be such a week of happiness I think! Thank you!

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  8. Here's a great Jack Kerouac quote, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate for kids (although they could have fun illustrating the fireworks):

    The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to
    live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same
    time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn,
    burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders
    across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop
    and everybody goes "Awww!"

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    1. I'll definitely share with the older ones, Diane-they'll love it! Thank you!

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  9. You do such beautiful and meaningful things at Logan! And you have had a blessed week filled with the things that bring you joy. I'll be thinking of you and Ingrid decorating the tree today - I am about to go out and wrestle ours in!

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    1. Yes-time to get started! Hope you have fun too!

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  10. Everyone's getting into the festive spirit! Love this time of year!

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  11. You had us at high tea and scones! What a wonderful week! Thanks for sharing.
    Clare and Tammy

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    1. It was lovely, all the way through. Thanks Claire and Tammy!

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  12. What a fabulous week! I'm curious to know about the books you finished and the new ones you started. Your festival of light sounds absolutely lovely. I've yet to fire up the lights on our deck. Our weather this weekend is a little warmer, and you've inspired me to go work on them.

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    1. Thanks Ramona. I'll send an e-mail about the books! We're warmer too, thank goodness. Sorry for the storms in the east!

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    2. I did it! Your post about the festival of lights and our warmer weather got me motivated to put the lights on the deck. Thanks, Linda.

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    3. Hurrah! Bet they look terrific!

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  13. It sounds like you had many small celebrations this week. That festival of lights at your school sounds like a special event. I am looking forward to this week before the break also.

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    1. It is a nice ending to this year, Andrea. I am certainly looking forward to break & Christmas, and on! Thanks-hope you have a good week!

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  14. It sounds like a wonderful week! I hope next week is just as good!

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    1. Thanks Ruth-hope you manage all your things too, & have a lovely holiday!

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