Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.
When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.
It's June and weddings are on my mind. I'm headed to my niece Kara's wedding soon.
So I'm borrowing a wedding saying to frame my celebrations for this week.
I have MANY unfinished writing notebooks. I grabbed this one during my latest stint as a sub to record what was going on in the front office, but then I switched to a yellow legal pad. This notebook was started in October of 2007 and I'm still writing in it nine years later. It's a lovely conglomeration of my life: responses to professional books and tween fiction, notes from conferences attended, entries from trips, prompts for student reading response journals, poems, ideas for slices and favorite blog posts from some of you that I've copied and glued in. And the 2016 entries? Notes from Janet Wong's and Tod Marshall's presentations. I'm going to carry this notebook around until I finish it this summer. And then it will be time to grab another unfinished notebook.
I created my first padlet to celebrate the visit of Tod Marshall (WA state poet laureate) with some of our middle schoolers. I celebrate that retirement allows me to fiddle around with some things that I never had the time to figure out when I was teaching full-time.
Summer thoughts jotted in my "old" notebook from Amy's Poetry Friday post:
"1. Take a summer writing class if you can...Let another's writing advice push you.
2. Appreciate something small and daily. Let this small daily thing move you to write.
3. Sit. Make time for sitting and paying attention this summer."
Check out Amy's post for more details and for a lovely hummingbird poem.
Hydrangeas in Sara's and Will's front yard