A– Always think before you talk.

B– Believe in yourself

C- Choose kindness

D- Don’t wish your life away

E-  Every day is a new beginning

F- Family is number one

G- Give compliments

H- Hope

J- Jealousy isn’t needed

K- Keep writing

L- Lemons can be turned into lemonade

M- Mother love is the best

N- Never say never

O- Opportunities are everywhere, be ready for them

P- People need people

Q- Quiet time for reflection

R- Repair any wrongs

S- Stretch and stay fit

T- Take the time to smell the roses

U- Under no circumstances, jump to conclusions

V- Value good health

W- Welcome change

X- eXtra helpings of patience needed

Y- You must advocate for yourself

Z- Zero in on goals








Teacher Person Poem

(An homage to “Old Florist” by Theodore Roethke)

That form of  a woman correcting exams.

Or planning future lessons and prompts,

Researching and reading standards into practices,

How she could write upside down,

Eyes in the back of her head,

Or make everyday rituals special,

Or encourage bigger leaps of faith,

Or stamp bullying down,

Or fan little sparks of understanding,

Or stand all day in her rubber sole shoes, her soul encompassing all.

A Snowy Spring

Tuesday, April 4th  image

Mother Nature and her April Fools’ Day trick,

More piles of snow along the roads.

All this white is making me sick.

I’m bent and silent beneath these loads.

In spite of the snow, I did experience a “Home run” this past weekend. I got to enjoy time with my sisters, feed my gardener soul by attending a flower show, and partake in a great class for professional development. I tried to keep my head above the stormy weather and just stay in the moment. Catching up on family details always makes me feel lucky to come from such a large family. Then I got to smell flowers and  see blossoms in gorgeous landscaped areas. Nature was shining so beautifully, even if it was staged. Finally, I attended a great class, Handwriting without Tears. Those nuns really knew what they were doing when they made me practice those letters and numbers constantly. It is heartbreaking to see so many students struggle with letter formation, size and spacing. Now I will have some tools to hopefully help them.

Now I sit waiting for yet another storm to hit northern NH. Enough already! I hoping this April sun’s strength can melt this frozen tundra. Soon. Seed packets are piling up,  waiting to explode into new growth. The pastel clothes hang limply in the attic, waiting to be stretched over this winter fat insulated body. I want to be able to walk out the door without stopping to put on boots and a coat. Be careful what you ask for – I do not want such heat that everything green burns up and I can’t breathe. Mother Nature, relax. Let’s enjoy Spring together.