Monthly Archives: January 2013

Teaching Tales: God’s Grandmother

Part of being a teacher is staying vulnerable enough to be tender and kind, yet tough enough to withstand the slings and arrows of creative insults. Having taught for over forty years, I always tried to maintain the balance between … Continue reading

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Teaching Tips Poem: Color My Heart Soul

My first teaching assignment was in a condemned building.  .  .  I strove to address the ghetto problem of instilling pride without prejudice. (I was particularly happy when the editor of NEA Journal told me she especially liked this poem … Continue reading

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Honeysuckle Air: Sacrificing Graduation with Honors for Art

As a young mother I had a burning desire to return to finish my college degree. Several days a week I bundled up my two toddlers and off to college we went. Many young adult students appreciated the child care … Continue reading

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Honeysuckle Air: Finding Ways to Recuperate Successfully

Finding one’s way to recuperate requires patience and acceptance of sudden changes to daily routines.  A few years ago I missed the whole of the Christmas season when I got a stubborn infection that required two rounds of antibiotics to … Continue reading

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Of These My Children: Busy Being Children

Teaching can be called a poetic  profession since you get to catch glimpses of the mind of a child. Guiding students through the dungeons of developing vocabulary can be both inspiring and gently hilarious. Almost every child in grade school … Continue reading

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Honeysuckle Air: The Day I Stood Up to the Backhoe

As homeowners we are often totally unprepared for challenges which can jump up to startle us when we least expect it. My family lived at the end of a dead end street jutting into a forest. Although we’d heard of … Continue reading

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School Yard Tales: Halloween and the Christmas Bat

Tree Land School really does Halloween up right. Pumpkins show up, stories are everywhere, and children get in the spirit of writing about fearsome events. The teacher, Miss Landers, even talks to the kids about fear. She said it was … Continue reading

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Of These My Children: Give Me Liberty or . . .

Teaching can put me in a state of joy and horror. It’s joyful to see children learn. But it’s frightening when the kids give me a glimpse of the enormity of my task. Aristotle said it all. A student read, … Continue reading

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School Yard Tales: Hugging History with Mr. President

Going to Tree Land School is so much fun. The students know it is just as good to play as it is to work, and there is a time for each. The frogs jump around on the Chocolate Porch while … Continue reading

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Meditation: Letting the Scum Rise – Letting Go While Holding On

When my sons were young we made the trek from Texas to Oklahoma each year to visit family. One of our favorite stops was when we went to Uncle Roy ‘s farm. He and his dear wife let us ride … Continue reading

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