Saturday, June 11, 2016

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. 

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.  

Something old!
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.  

Something new!
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. 

 Something borrowed!
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.  

Something blue!
Hydrangeas in Sara's and Will's front yard


  1. What a creative way to approach the celebration. Wishing you many seeds of inspiration to finish the notebook. Happy writing!

  2. Enjoy that wedding, we will miss you at the conference. What a gorgeous hydrangea

  3. I loved visiting your Padlet. I like the idea of how going through your "unfinished" notebook allowed you to revisit the magic of his poetry. Come September or so, I will be checking to see if you have filled it up! :)

  4. Ramona, there's the flower that asks for a poem or poetic thought more than, Something Blue. How about offering this one for the gallery with an extra saying, your name, and location? Enjoy the wedding.
    You made me remember I have a notebook from the same time period as yours. It is always fun to reread what I previously wrote.

  5. Romana, this was so clever and so timely.

  6. I love the way you crafted this post, especially the blue hydrangea!

  7. What a creative way to craft this post! I LOVE everything about it! Thank you!!!

  8. It's a wonderfully creative idea to organize your post, Ramona. I loved hearing about each part, especially about the notebooks. Keep writing and sharing your ideas!

  9. Such a clever and creative way to organize your post today. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who takes a really long time to fill a notebook. Have a wonderful time at the wedding!

  10. #3 - this is something I really want to focus upon this summer. Have fun at the wedding, Ramona!