Thank You Teachers! (Part 2)

“Something ancient and holy was unfolding all around me. It was what the wandering pilgrim-poet Basho called a ‘glimpse of the under-glimmer’ an experience of the deeply real that lurks everywhere beneath centuries of stereotypes and false images that prevent us from truly seeing other people.” The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau   When […]

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Thank You Teachers! (part 1)

On a good day, when there isn’t a pandemic, it’s hard to be a teacher. And yet, day-by-day, year-by-year, teachers bring their A-game, giving their all to their students. They use their own funds to buy books and supplies, spend their evenings creating engaging lessons and weekends grading assignments. They deal compassionately with children’s emotional […]

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Give Yourself a Break!

I am having trouble right now bringing myself to the page. In other words, I am having trouble making myself write. My creative juices are definitely not flowing. And then, of course, I feel guilty about not using this slowed down, stay-at-home time to be productive. Sound familiar? I know I am not alone. Many […]

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Minilesson Monday: Mapping the Writing Process

I believe that one of the most valuable tools I use as a writer is understanding my own personal process of creating and revising.   Over the years, I have learned, through trial and error and lots of reflection, what writing strategies and approaches work best for me. As a writing teacher, I wanted my students […]

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Minilesson Monday: First Year Letters Reflection

  The book, First Year Letters, covers Mrs. Hartwell’s first year teaching at a new school. Through her student’s letters, we see their class grow through the year, complete with mistakes, mishaps, learning and growth. The end of the year is a perfect time to look back and reflect. For most of us, mistakes and […]

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Writing Teaches Life

It’s not pots we are forming, it’s ourselves.” –M.C. Richards I love this quote from M.C. Richards. He is talking about the art of pottery, but it could as easily apply to writing as well. I know that it applies to my own writing. With fiction, as I write about how a character might react […]

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Writing Gives the Gift of Wonder

“Every aspect of nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe.”     –Carl Sagan Out taking a walk the other day, I saw a toddler in that familiar crouch, face close to the ground, studiously examining an ant colony. As a parent, I’ve watched my children become fascinated with […]

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