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The Gift of the Sky

Today as I was leaving school, the Sky was the glorious clear blue of a sunny afternoon… dotted with the brightest, fluffiest clouds- a perfect contrast to the rainy morning. It was like a special delivery just to make me … Continue reading

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What a Whirlwind

Back to School. Three little words. But what a stir they cause! Excitement and gladness, to be sure. Eagerness to see your colleagues and students. Stepping back into a familiar (or new, for many) building and room. Getting ready. The … Continue reading

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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

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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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Raro

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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