Author Archives: Diane Anderson (newtreemom)

The Vacationer

In the morning rush of drivers heading toward work She alone appeared carefree Rolling along in her convertible Top down,music blaring, long hair blowing in the wind, a huge smile on her face A vacationer heading toward fun Advertisements

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Summer Storms

The rain drops fall, huge and heavy, pelting the trees and bushes and flowers The clouds seemed to empty themselves of all the water they held and yet More gray clouds fill the sky, ready, just waiting for the right … Continue reading

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A Story I Didn’t Know

Two years ago, my friend passed away, a victor in the war against ovarian cancer. In her first battle, she fought to remission, winning more time with family and friends and her beloved horse. When remission was lost, she battled … Continue reading

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Words I’ve Heard This Summer

Maddie’s on the move (accompanied by a photo of my great-niece in her car seat, finally going home from the NICU after 3 months) Everybody gets one! (Oprah… I mean Kristina, at the Smekens Literacy Retreat… announcing a resource we … Continue reading

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Last week I shared an end of the year writing activity with sixth graders who will “graduate” from our school soon and move on to middle school. The mentor text was Ralph Fletcher’s poem “The Good Old Days.” We wrote … Continue reading

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Refreshing, Relaxing Recreation- Re-creation… Time with family Playing with a child Talking with the grown-ups Smiling and laughing Remembering those gone on Cherishing those present Soaking up sunshine Feeling the breeze Watching the sunset Refreshing, Relaxing Recreation- Re-creation…

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What kind of rhyme?

This morning as I drove to school, I passed a truck and noticed the company name… Otto’s Parking Marking. What do you think? A case of a rhyme gone wrong or a smart way to get customers remember the business? … Continue reading

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