Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011 First Day of Summer

First I have to make a few comments about a workshop I went to yesterday. It was the All Write Institute and it was so inspiring!  It's like a breath of fresh air and like the first day of spring and summer, a new beginning! It makes me feel ready to begin again.  With the Keynote, I listened to six speakers.  Some of course were the same speakers because I liked Jeff Anderson so much, I went back to hear him twice.  I felt he could help me with what I wanted to learn at this time to help my students the most at this time.

With that said, summer brings in things we don't have to do; we don't have to wear winter coats, no worry about snow or shoveling, the lack of ice on the roads makes it so much easier to drive and easier to walk, we don't freeze and have cold breezes that make it hard to breathe in the cold, no fear of sickness like colds or flu, and finally we feel more like being outside (well I don't like cold) so I stay inside more in the winter.
This brings me to what summer is!

Summer is
children playing outside in the pool
butterflies in the sky
birds singing during their bird bathe

Summer is
sitting in the grass under a tree and reading 
having a picnic at the beach
mowing and smelling the fresh mowed grass

Summer is
meeting friends for a swim at the lake
frogs croaking in the evening
riding bikes on an abandoned railroad trail
plants green and blooming

Summer is
many things I love and I could go on
but I must come to a close
what do you love about summer?

Hope you are enjoying your summer. Happy slicing! :o)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011 I'm back! Did you miss me! What's holding me Back?

Hello!  I just had to write today!  I was so inspired again by what Ruth said in her blog yesterday and what another blogger said.  There are so many things in our lives happening but we do have priorities and we manage to always do what is most important to us. 

Writing is one of those things.  I knew something was missing.  I loved writing in March and April but when May came, I just fell apart.  No excuses!

Sure I have aging parents, school was coming to an end, I had standards to meet and lessons to prepare but the enjoyment of writing could have eased the stress and helped me to cope. Isn't that the way it is?

Sometimes, we have to go through things and situations in our lives to really understand what we are missing.  I appreciate all the people who blog and are willing to write down how they feel.  It puts them out there. Sometimes at the risk of being shot down but in the end, the community embraces who you are and identifies with you! 

I can't tell you how much I appreciated the people who commented on my blogs in March and April, well just anytime that I wrote.  Thank you for that.

I will commit myself to the challenge of writing more and commenting more because I know that it is needed and that it is worthwhile for myself as it is for others.  I have encouraged my students to stop by this summer and make comments and I will even let them be guests on my blog if they email me.  I look forward to a wonderful summer.  Happy blogging! ;o)