Sunday, March 30, 2014

30/31 Time And Choices - Weaving More Than Yarn

Thank you to
       Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Anna, Dana and Beth for 

keeping us going, keeping writing about teaching along with your lives, slicers' lives, and all the myriad behind-the-scene details that enter into this month. Almost done, nearly there, what a journey!

Thank you to so many slicers who read my posts, who commented, and to those who wrote such words of inspiration that I had to re-read them, or copy and print them, or bookmark them for my teaching archives for future use. Your words will live on. Isn't that a wonderful thought?
I'm linking up to Two Writing Teachers for the 30th slice of 31!

Wow, next to the last day, and for one of the first times, I haven't yet linked my post. There aren't enough hours... I wove more than yarn yesterday into my life. My first day of spring break filled me up like a deep breath!


I had time enough to begin some new parts of my weaving, but less than I hoped. I'm going to have to take some minutes to sketch now. I want the tree, perhaps some other smaller ones. They need leaves; it's springtime! I need to begin the sky, and clouds, and the sun will appear somehow. I have a plan, but need the sketch.

I used some time to take some books I KNOW I'll never read to trade at a favorite used bookstore so I could search their shelves. It's a pleasure to see what I might discover in this packed-full place and to visit with the owner, to share some new titles she may want to add. Yes, she carries newly published books, too! This time they had a marvelous display of books for women's history month. I was thrilled to find this book of poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston.

I spent a lot of time reading others' celebrations yesterday, and slices too. The month of March is partially consumed with reading, oodles of blog posts and books. I enjoy it, and regret only that I can never read everyone's. I'm sure I missed some beautifully creative writing, and perhaps if you keep writing with the TWT community I'll find you. Congratulations to everyone who has written all month, who is "almost" done. Will you have this kind of page in your dreams for a while?


  1. The one where I realize how much my daughter loves Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny series,http://raisealithuman.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/knuffle.
Finally, who can refuse? I spent the late afternoon and evening with my granddaughters. Time spent, return priceless.
Sits and reads by herself "after" we read.

Showing off that she can hold a book like teachers do! 
If you haven't seen this book, find it! It is such a fun story and captivated both (almost five and almost three): Open Very Carefully, A Book With Bite - Nick Bromley and Nicola O'Byrne.


      “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.” Henry David Thoreau


24 comments:

  1. Love the photos of your granddaughters - especially holding a book like a teacher! I will hold these words with me today and perhaps longer - "I wove more than yarn yesterday into my life. My first day of spring break filled me up like a deep breath!" They ooze with 'mindfulness' - being present and open to the world. Lovely! Happy Spring Break! We have two more weeks of school before that pleasure!

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    1. Thanks Maureen. I thought that most had already had their break, but I see that you haven't, which means those in the east will wait a little longer. Perhaps then the weather will have settled into spring? Happy you enjoyed my words.

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  2. Weaving yarn, weaving words, weaving stories. Weaving - such a great word in English. It doesn't work exactly the same way in translation. The funny thing is that the 31st of March is followed by Tuesday, so it actually becomes a 32-day writing challenge.

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    1. Oh my, Terje, you are right! See you the next two days, too! Thanks!

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  3. Weaving, reading, and writing all are part of a tapestry. Love you granddaughter's photos. Good luck this week. Our spring break starts Friday.

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    1. Thanks Jone, hope you have a good week 'before'!

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  4. So many pieces of your life connected through words, they are the common thread. Nice quote at the end.

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    1. Thanks Elsie-isn't the quote lovely? Thoreau-so wise!

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  5. Yarn, words and family. what more could you ask on relaxed weekend? Have a wonderful spring break!

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    1. Thanks Jaana-yep, you're right-all together it makes a perfect day!

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  6. I have truly loved following your progress with weaving each Sunday - how far you've come in the process! I am also appreciating how so many posts I've read today are celebrating all the small moments of life - the ones that really matter.
    Enjoy the rest of your day!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I'm reading away now, & you're right, those little things are good!

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  7. My favorite part of this lovely post? The photographs at the end - such a delightful reminder of how we pass our love of reading on to the ones we love best.

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    1. Thanks Tara-aren't they cute? It is true, takes me back to reading to my own kids, too!

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  8. So many pieces of your life that you have woven into one slice. Such a great way to begin your spring break - reading, weaving and enjoying your granddaughters - beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Judy, & more days to come-I'm ready for them! Happy you had a good week too!

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  9. You've woven this all so beautifully. Creation, reading, writing and lots of love surrounding those granddaughters. The slicing has been so fun and I do believe I have had those dreams already! Enjoy your week. I hope you get lots of time doing what you love. Thanks for being a part of my slicing experience.

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    1. Thanks Julieanne. I looked for your post, maybe it's there now! I've been happy to read your thoughtful posts this month!

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  10. I can't believe we are almost done! I am not done stopping by your blog and reading about how you intertwine every day life into teaching and learning. Thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting. This was my first slice challenge but not my last!

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    1. That's exciting to hear, Latisha. I didn't always find you, but the numbers will drop some, so I'll look for you. Best wishes this coming week! You did great this month!

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  11. Oh Linda, I loved reading this post! You do such an amazing job at sharing the snippets of your life that are meaningful and then sharing all of them with us. I love, love, love the pictures of your granddaughters. I'll miss hearing about your daily life and going back to the couple of times a week WAYR and Tuesday SOL. Thank you for all the support and comments all month long.

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. I'm happy you enjoyed the post. It's time to get back to some more regular things, but I will miss some of the interactions too. Habits are hard to break! Have a great week!

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  12. Linda,
    I have to thank you for all you do to keep the challenge going. I'm not sure how you manage to get around the way you do and comment so thoughtfully in so many places. You are an inspiration to me. Like you, my only regret is that I can never get everywhere. I'm thinking there may be some blogs I never discovered during the challenge. There are so many great places to stop and so many amazing posts to read. It's been a wonderful month. I thank you, and everyone who has helped to make it a great experience.

    Cathy

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    1. You're welcome, Cathy. It has been fun, hasn't it? You've added much for me to think about too. I love your thoughtful ways in the classroom, & hearing about your family too. Have a great week back to work!

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