I have been missing Colorado this month, partly because in the 1990’s my hubby and I used to help with our church’s “kiddie camp” during this month. It was a week long labor of love that left unexpected warm memories. One year, we even left a beach side vacation days early (from Hilton Head) to … More Feeling Displaced?
Breakfast is another one of our favorite stories! Some of the reasons are deep, like the story touches upon brotherhood and humanity during hard times (as migrant workers share a morning meal with a stranger) and it captures the harsh feel of what some folks “lived” during the Great Depression. We also enjoyed the descriptive setting … More Bacon and Breakfast (and Steinbeck)
We have enjoyed many visitors this summer! Two of the visitors (who came at separate times) made our house the last stop on their summer trips, which meant they were wiped out and exhausted when they arrived. Their visits were still fun, but it reminded me about how vacations can take a toll – physically … More Fiddler Jones
This Is Just To Say (by William Carlos Williams) I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold (this is one of my favs!) Teaching tips: ~This poem can be used as an example of how poems can … More Plums (Williams’ poem)
C.S. Lewis (1955) said, “What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.” Adults (and children of all ages) can benefit by improving self-awareness and by learning more about the filters that color their perceptions. Self-help books, counseling, and asking … More How am I Doing?
We all have different views at different times in life – and sometimes people can only grow when they see a new angle – which may involve someone taking the effort to speak up! In this poem about water, the writer (Robert Fletcher) cleverly asks what someone sees when they look into water: Water When … More Speaking Up -(and water poem)
Sometimes it blows me away to see how God always gives us the support we need to persevere. A small, yet potent, example of his provisional care in my life came this past year while teaching bimonthly art classes. Colleen and her family starting coming mid year – and their presence was like a refreshing glass … More Soda Poetry