Saturday, April 25, 2015

Celebrate This Week!

                              Join us each weekend for Celebrate this week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
  A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  Messages and pics from Sara!
Sara's in Baltimore helping out after Ann and Andrew's family grew to four.  We haven't carved out as much time to chat, but I've loved the pictures and yesterday's FaceTime chat with the birthday girl, a three year old propelled by birthday exuberance!  I celebrate a three year old who moves constantly,
and a one week old who seems to be sleeping a lot!

2.  An evening walk with a friend!
We used to walk together frequently.  Schedules and life get in the way,
but we carved out time to squeeze in a stroll at sunset.  

3.  Poetic pleasures!
Our Thursday afternoon book club prowled the pages of poetry books in search of poems to share with the school community.  Next week, we'll meet on both Monday and Tuesday so we can post poems around the school in preparation for celebrating "Poem in Your Pocket Day" on Thursday.  

4.  400 Posts!
Today marks my 400th post!  I'm still grateful to my students who encouraged me to go public with my posts during Slice of Life 2012.  I closed my eyes and plunged in.  I've continued to plod along faithfully, rewarded by reading your posts and continually being inspired by the writers who surround me.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Poetry Friday

Renee LaTulippe (such a poetic name!) at No Water River
is hosting Poetry Friday this week.  She has a wonderful Q & A
post that explains how to participate with us each week.
 Be sure to stop by for a taste of poetry love.

Evening light shimmers
as father-son paddle boarders glide by.
Walkers, drunk on lilacs, 
stroll blossom-filled roads.  
Poetry struts at sunset.

Spiritual Journey Thursday: Family

The bloggers at Spiritual Journey Thursday are            
writing about family this week.  
  Thanks to Holly Mueller for hosting
this group each Thursday. 

Even though I'm a day late, I'm linking up with my friends at Spiritual Journey Thursday with a poem and a pic.  Holly shared her reflections as her family grows to embrace a new son.  I share a short poem that notes the many ways we stay connected as a family.  Our photo was taken in August 2013 at Sara's graduation.   We are looking forward to Christmas 2015 when we will ALL be together again.  

Notes, letters, stories
Tender points of connection
FaceTime, Instagram, messages
Link us lovingly together
Until the next time
We meet to hug and talk

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Enchanted Afternoon

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday 
                                                      and nurturing our writing lives.

In honor of poetry month, I continue my efforts to capture my SOL in poetry.
This week I choose the arun* to capture our Thursday afternoon book club.  
*Arun - a fifteen-line poem in three sets of five lines.
Each set of five lines follows the same syllable structure:
starting with one syllable and increasing by one (1/2/3/4/5 - 3X).

Enchanted Afternoon

by poetry.
we celebrate poems.
silence.  The
muse delivers
weaving her wonder.
heads share
laughter, sunshine
as poems beguile us.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Celebrate This Week

                               Join us each weekend for Celebrate this week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
  A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  A visit from a friend and a new book!
Patty's visit was perfect.  We shared hot cookies, cold milk, hugs, and tears.  
She gave us the book Cat Heaven, a new-for-me book and a forever keeper.
I think Hadley must love sleeping on God's bed, but I miss her every day.  

2.  A Monday departure!
Sara's Monday departure meant her May arrival is creeping closer.

3.  Thursday book club in the Gator Garden!
Construction on our campus makes finding an outdoor spot difficult.
One of our book club members suggested the Gator Garden.  
We loved writing, reading, and sharing poetry outside.    

4.  A Friday post!
Even though I had to whittle my list to six essential poetry books,
I followed up with a Poetry Friday post to expand the list.

5. A Saturday morning indulgence!
I let myself meander blogs for one hour before writing today's post.

6.  Saturday afternoon workshop today!
"Haiku and Painting:  Inspiring One Another
Join artist Molly Hashimoto and librarian Carrie Bowman
to discover ways that poetry, art, and nature mingle with delightful results."
I wish my blogger friends could join me, but I promise to report back.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Poetry Friday: Expanding my Poetry Essentials

Robyn Hood Black is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup
at Life at the Deckle Edge.  Be sure to stop by for a taste of poetry
love and check out her interview with Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell
in honor of their latest publication, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations.

Several weeks ago Roger, owner of Island Books, asked me to create a list of poetry books for their April newsletter.  I think he wanted poetry picture books, but I ended up creating a list of favorite anthologies.  Anytime I get to blow the poetry horn, I want to include as many poets as possible.  Every home deserves several well loved anthologies.  I visited my own bookshelves and the bookshelves of my favorite libraries to pull favorite titles.  It wasn't long before I stopped by the bookstore with a bin of favorites (winnowed from the two bins in the trunk of my car).  Lori immediately reminded me that I was supposed to submit only FIVE titles.   After much consternation and with Lori's help, I winnowed the list to six titles.  One of the titles is a slim anthology One Big Rain:  Poems for Rainy Days.  Organized by the seasons, it's something you need in your home if you live in the Northwest.  I also included Firefly July, a lovely recent picture book anthology organized by seasons.  Drop by Myra's review at Gathering Books for a peek inside Firefly July.  You can see my original six choices at Ramona Behnke's Poetry Essentials.  

Today's post includes additional essential titles (according to yours truly).  Someday soon I'll merge the two lists and create a document to share.  What anthologies did I leave off the list that are well loved at your house?  

Knock at a Star:  A Child's Introduction to Poetry - by X. J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy

Whistle and Shout:  Poems to Memorize - edited by Patrice Vecchione

Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle...And Other Modern Verse - compiled by Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders, and Hugh Smith

The Tree That Time Built - selected by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston

Julie Andrews' Treasury For All Seasons:  Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year- selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, paintings by Marjorie Ariceman

A Family of Poems:  My Favorite Poetry for Children - selected by Caroline Kennedy

Forget-Me-Nots:  Poems to Learn by Heart - selected by Mary Ann Hoberman

The Beauty of the Beast:  Poems from the Animal Kingdom - selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Meilo So

Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young - selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Marc Brown

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children - selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Arnold Lobel

A Foot in the Mouth:  Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout - selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka

I plan to have future posts for other favorite titles:  picture book anthologies, picture books by individual poets, poetry books for adults, and poetry books for teachers.  And a post with links to favorite blogs of poets!  Hope you're enjoying this month of poetry (even though we share poetry love year round)!  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One of Those Days!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday 
                                                      and nurturing our writing lives.

A Fellow Blogger Helps Me Make Lemonade!

An afternoon of errands went south
when the man at the body shop
informed me that my tabs
had expired . . . three months ago!

We are people who pay our bills
and promptly meet our obligations.
How was it possible that this happened?
And that we hadn't noticed???

Suddenly it was imperative that I
remedy this gargantuan oversight.
I phoned hubby at work who informed me
that it was the year requiring an emissions test.

Easy enough, I knew the location of
an emissions testing center.  Then with hubby's help
on the phone, I located the nearest licensing office,
(haven't done this in person for years).

I wanted to put the tab on my license plate
immediately, but the clerk advised me to wait
until I arrived home out of the pouring rain
and could ensure a dry surface for easy bonding.

On the way home, I studied each car's tab
and didn't see anyone else with a past due date.
But if I got stopped on the way home,
I had the new tab beside me on the seat.

A drive that normally takes 15 minutes
lasted for 55 minutes in creeping, rush hour
traffic.  I arrived home in a beastly mood,
still needing to write my Tuesday SOL.

I recalled a post I recently read,
from a new blogger friend
with these wise words:
Rethink, refocus, restart, shift.

Rethink - Yes, it was a rough afternoon.
Time to look for the blessings in the mess.
Refocus - no lines at emissions testing or
the licensing office, and I hadn't received a costly ticket.

Restart - tomorrow I can return to my list
of unfinished errands and pick up where I left off.
Shift - I've written myself out of the beastly mood
I was in, and now it's time for a late dinner.