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Showing posts from February, 2012

SOLS: The Challenge - Bring It On!

Join the challenge and write! Slice of Life Stories hosted by the Two Writing Teachers Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.  -Jim Ryun March is one day away. One day away from writing each and every day for thirty-one days.  Writing, editing, wondering. Posting, publishing, and making public my stories, moments, thoughts.  The words that I hold close to my heart. I remember the fear.  I remember the wondering of how in the world I would be able to write every single day for thirty-one days.  But I did it.  I'm not going to say it was easy -- Uh, that's why it is called a 'challenge'! --  but it is an amazing experience because the world around you begins    s c r e a m i n g    stories to share and moments to capture.  There are 'slices of life' everywhere: Open up your eyes. Open up your ears.  Open your heart.  And then open up your notebook! I've already cracked open my much-neglected notebook and started jotting

SOLS: A Keeper

Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers Valentine's day morning Me:   "Uh, happy Valentine's day." Hubby: "Oh, yeah. Happy Valentine's day.  Hope you have a good day." Me: "Thanks. You too." No card. No gift. Nada, nothing, zilch.  I was the first to say it.  I reminded him about the day.  And I am the one who doesn't even like this so-called holiday! Valentine's day . . . a few hours later I received a sweet email at work.  And a phone call at lunch.  And a text on my way to pick up the girls asking if I wanted to order Chinese take-out that he would pick up on the way home.  It's the little things that matter. Valentine's day evening Hubby:   "I want to give the girls their Valentine's day gifts." Scrounging in a bag, he finally pulled out two small white boxes. Hubby:   "One for M. and one for P.! Go show Momma!" Each girl received a Pandora charm to add

SOLS: Valentine Smalentine

Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers Roses are red Violets are blue I could care less about all of it too. I'm not a big fan of this so-called love-fest holiday.  I mean, I'm all about love and candy and flowers, but why wait for a cold, dreary day in February?  Every day should be Valentine's day!  I guess I'd rather receive a surprise bouquet of flowers any other day of the year -- but preferably not roses.  I know, I know.  I sound like I'm quite particular about this holiday that I don't even want to celebrate. I mentioned to my hubby when we were perusing the aisles at Target over the weekend that we should meander over to the card section to pick out a card for each other.  Then we could share it to save the couple extra bucks on a wasted card that gets shoved in a stack of mementos waiting years and years to be savored again. Needless to say, he didn't go for it.  You see, my hubby actually likes Valentine's day.  May

SOLS: Learning and Sharing

Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers There is so much information out there in cyberspace. I know I can't keep up, but I read and watch what I can when I can. This last week, I shared many items of interest -- to me -- with my colleagues. Ruth's post about being just enough " On the tough days " Angela Maiers's post reminding teachers about the   12 Most Important Things Children Want from Their Teachers  Which led me to Angela's  "Dear Teacher - The PROMISE Poem" A video about learning in the 21st century:  A Vision of K-12 Students Today Who knows what they think when I share . . . If something caused me to ponder and reflect, then I want to share it with others. Anyone can take it or leave it: It's about planting a seed allowing us to stop and think. And I'm thankful for those who can just say it better than I can. I have a passion for learning and sharing -- Making me a better writer teacher mot