What’s in the Garden

I took a break today from lying down (2nd day in a row spent mostly in bed due to migraine + asthma). With Tom’s help I was able to spend a couple of hours doing light – EXTREMELY LIGHT – yard work – planting tulips, trimming back/removing old, damaged, and dead branches, and enjoying the […]

Imbolc, Lunar New Year, Beginnings and Delays

[meant to post this LAST weekend, but …. ] As usual, my plans fell apart almost as soon as 2023 was underway. Students came back to school in pretty bad shape. For weeks they struggled to engage, their stamina for learning and effort was almost as limited as at the beginning of the year. AND […]

On the Cusp of 2023… (repost from fb)

[originally posted on facebook on 29 Dec 2022] On the cusp of the new (calendar) year, I am thinking about ways to make teaching a little less stressful, and time at home a little more serene. I am revisiting productivity (organizational and scheduling) strategies that, in the past, helped but were abandoned over the last […]

School Closures: Mar-Jul 2020

[I wrote this in March and July, but didn’t post it. I am posting it now… as we rapidly approach the end of August. I have more reflections, but will do those in a new post!] I am up early, the first Sunday of the official closure. We thought, last Sunday, that we would at […]

Remembered from a Blogspot post

A little poetry post from several years ago, led me to remember this website: Zoppa.com The links on that page take you to a series of old poems with woodblock illustrations. And here is a repost of a post from my blogspot page in 2007: This poem by Eleanor Farjeon beautifully expresses how I feel. […]

Something Blue

There are many things that are blue (I am blue, thinking how late I am writing this, for example). Blue eyes were in the news that last couple of weeks — if you have blue eyes you are definitely a cousin of every other person with blue eyes! Though possibly a thousand generations removed… Blue […]

Something Borrowed

The theme today (Valentine’s Day in the United States) is something borrowed… The book I “borrowed” from a friend who has since passed on? The idea I “borrowed” (with permission of course) from my friend in fourth grade? She really drew the best people! The money we “borrowed” from our parents, truly intending to pay […]

Something OLD

This is a challenge from my friend Ping! (Robin) who also it seems feels sluggish about posting in her own blog. Had you noticed I hadn’t posted in a while? Her original post is at the OTHER mother. So, for the next few days, I have something specific to post about! Thanks Ping! you’re a […]

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