Posted on March 15, 2015 by thereadingzone
I spent part of my day planning my next unit of study, which I am very excited about. (More about that later!) This unit includes our poetry study of George Ella Lyons’ “Where I’m From”. I’ve been doing our version of these poems since I began teaching and it’s always an amazing experience. I think Paul Hankins first introduced me to George Ella Lyons and I am so grateful that he did. So in the next few weeks we will be writing our poems in class, but I’ve included my poem below.
Where I’m From
I am from books,
from Pepsi and the NY Post
I am from hills and grass
(green, soft and smelling like summer).
I am from the milkweed,
the hibiscus brought inside during winter
(an orange and pink sunset growing toward the sun no matter the season).
I’m from “taking a ride” and always being late,
From Jane and Tim.
I’m from the fast talkers and fast walkers,
From eating your crusts and haunted old roads.
I’m from Psalm 23, bagpipes playing hymns, and rosary beads.
I’m from Ireland and Scotland,
Grandmother macaroni and breakfast for dinner.
From the Little Grandfather, a professional football player who jumped
ship in the United Stateswhen sailing as a Merchant Marine,
from Nanny, following Papa around the country during his naval years, raising a son with a husband fighting in a great war.
I am from the photo albums and boxes of pictures in the upstairs closet, telling the stories of a loud, large, and loving family.
I am from dog-eared baby books and school pictures hung over the fireplace
I am from love.
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Posted on March 15, 2015 by thereadingzone
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Posted on March 14, 2015 by thereadingzone
Happy Pi Day! As an alum of a STEM school Pi Day is a pretty big deal. And this was an epic pi day!
My day began with bagels that Chris picked up on the way home from the gym. That’s when he informed me that he would only be eating round food today, in honor of pi day. Always up for good food, I agreed.
We enjoyed our bagels and then ran a whole lot of errands. We missed 3/14/15 9:26:59 so decided we would celebrate when it came back around twelve hours later. For lunch we settled on sandwiches from a local farm, on kaiser rolls in order to ensure their roundness.
Then the big decision came up- what kind of pie did we want to eat for dessert? See, I like apple pie and French silk pie, while Chris loves berry pies and banana cream. I abhor bananas so there was no chance of us sharing a pie. Not only that, but we ended up going to three local orchards in search of pies. Apparently it was a popular dessert choice today!
In the end, we decided on a pie for each of us. I chose apple pie and Chris chose banana cream. Of course, they were both delicious! Oh, and we kept up the round food idea for dinner by having a chicken pot pie.
Turns out, round food includes a lot of carbs!
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Posted on March 13, 2015 by thereadingzone
How can you have a bad day after hanging out with these smiles?
I have lots of little things I do to destress, but my go-to is walking the dogs. We walk in rain, snow, heat, and wind. As I tell anyone who asked me about Australian Shepherds, “They are our own personal trainers!”
Thanks to daylight savings time and the warmer weather today we were able to go out to the park with our dog friends. A huge group of nine dogs (4 Aussies, 4 Huskies, and a Mastiff) and a lot of long line leashes enjoyed exploring the muddy trails and freshly melted snow.
The dogs love these romps but truthfully, I might enjoy them more. Sunlight, fresh air, and lots of puppies- what more could a girl ask for?
The picture above is from the end of the walk. We were only out for about forty-five minutes but I felt like a new person by the end. And judging by the smiles in the photo above the dogs were pretty content, too. I’m so happy that spring is almost here and that it does not get dark out before 7pm anymore. The dogs are definitely happy about that, too!
(And they have been sleeping ever since we got home. They woke up for dinner and a quick trip outside, but it’s been sleepytime since then. That’s the other great part of our group walks. At the end, we have a lot of very tired dogs!)
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Posted on March 12, 2015 by thereadingzone
This has been a week. And it looks like next week will be very similar. You know how it goes- work all day, getting home late, lots of grading, issues outside of school to deal with. You wake up at 5:45am and go to bed at midnight. The to-do list keeps getting longer and longer.
Sometimes you just need to laugh. I’m conscious of this and I try very hard to set aside time for silly TV each night because I can watch a comedy and work on my t0-do list at the same time.
My go-to for laughs is usually Friends (now available on Netflix!). But for the last few days I have been watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt instead. Written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, it’s a quirky, over-the-top comedy that never fails to leave me laughing out loud. Seriously, it’s quirky. It’s weird. It’s crazy. But it’s also sweet, innocent, and adorable.
Kimmy was the victim of a post-apocalyptic cult until being rescued. She spent fifteen years in an underground bunker. Now she’s thrown herself into life in New York City and comedy ensues. All of the supporting characters are fantastic, Kimmy is perfection, and the writing is amazing.
And the best part? The Babysitter’s Club plays a pivotal role in one of the first episodes. And not just any book; nope, the super special mystery! I devoured all of BSC books and owned most of the specials and super specials, so as a rabid BSC fan in middle school this made me very happy.
If you also need something to get your mind off of the rest of the world I highly recommend The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. Sometimes you just need to laugh!
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Posted on March 10, 2015 by thereadingzone
“Life is never fixed and stable. It is always mercurial, rolling and splitting, disappearing and re-emerging in a most unpredictable fashion. I never make a journey to a wood or a mountain without experiencing the temptation to explode a puffball in a new clearing or stopping to encourage some sleepy monster that is just cracking out of the earth mold. This is, of course, an irresponsible attitude, since I cannot tell what will come of it, but if the world hangs on such matters it may be well to act boldly and realize all immanent possibilities at once.
Shake the seeds out of their pods, I say, launch the milkweed down, and set the lizards scuttling. We are in a creative universe. Let us then create. After all, man himself is the unlikely consequence of such forces. In the spring when a breath of wind sets the propellers of the maple seeds to whirring, I always say to myself hopefully: After us the dragons.”- Loren C. Eisely
I walk the dogs almost every afternoon, through rain and snow and heat and fog. But no matter what the weather, I love to go off the beaten path. As the seasons change from winter to spring those paths are starting to fill with pops of green as plants burst out of the dark soil. Soon the dandelions will dot the fields and I will be tempted to reach down, pick one, and blow the seeds into the wind.
Loren Eisely challenges us to create. To smell the flowers, spread the seeds, and turn over the rocks. Create something. Be a part of creation.
On today’s rainy walk I was delighted to see plants reaching out of the ground towards the sun. Soon they will be flowering and spreading across the forest floor. While winter is beautiful, spring is even more special and beautiful. So keep reaching, little plant. Be bold and we will follow.
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