Golden Hour #SOLC19

Golden hour.

The moment I look forward to all week.

Saturday morning. Early. Very early.

Sitting side-by-side on our living room couch as the sky begins to lighten.

Soon lamps are no longer needed, but coffee is.

Me with my novel, my notebook, my laptop.

Always in that order.

He with his book, his writing project, a small stack of bills to pay.

Sometimes lingering longer than an hour.

Calm. Peaceful. Still.

It will end soon, but for now we savor it.

Golden.

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An amphibious affair! #PoetryFriday #SOLC19

Happy first Friday of spring, everyone! It’s the second to last Friday of the 2019 Slice of Life Challenge at Two Writing Teachers (how is that possible?) AND it’s Poetry Friday. I’m slicing up a bit of poetry this rainy Friday in response to a big event that occurred last evening. Rebecca Herzog is hosting this week’s PF gathering on her blog, Sloth Reads. Won’t you join us there as well? And BTW, slicing poetry on Friday’s during the SOLC is a great way to flex those writing muscles. If you are ever wondering where to find the weekly host of Poetry Friday, you’ll find a list of hosts and their blog links here.

Last night was a big night. “Big Night” for amphibians, that is! The first rainy spring night in the Northeast, with temperatures in the 45-50 degree range, is the first night amphibians start making their move. After hibernating all winter long in the woods, it’s time for them to make their way to local vernal pools for breeding season.

Party time!

Our Kindergarten biologist-in-residence, Emilie, visited us yesterday to show us the traps she was about to put in our campus vernal pool. She will be monitoring them regularly, and in a few weeks, when the “Big Night” party animals have conducted their business, we will meet Emilie there to collect the wood frog eggs we will be headstarting in our classrooms and meet, face-to-face, whomever might have wandered into the traps after a wild night of partying. If we are lucky, we will get to meet a frog or two up close, or even a salamander. Seriously? Could these party-goers be any cuter?

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As you can imagine, my Kindergarteners were enthralled at the thought of 100s of 1000s of frogs and salamanders on the move in the middle of the night. Wow! All I can think of is a party train. (I’d cue the Gap Band, but WordPress won’t let me.)

There are “Big Night” enthusiasts who meet up in the middle of the night, in the rain, to guide these adorable, but vulnerable creatures to safety across roads.  I’m obsessed, but not that dedicated! To learn more about “Big Night,” click here.

And finally a “Big Night” poetry party favor to take home.

Vernal Pool Spine Poem (1)

This is a spine poem I created from the titles of the books in my collection for teaching our year-long vernal pool study. Party on, creatures of the night.

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The Fly That’s Making Me Crazy! #SOLC19

Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited about spring. Longer days. Warmer temps. Bulbs popping up. Love it all!

What I don’t love? The flies that have been hibernating somewhere, and suddenly wake up and are in our house. I am trying to write at the end of a long day, and they are annoying!

They are lethargic, I must say, just having woken up from a long winter’s nap.  This makes them pretty easy to catch. But they keep popping up everywhere, and I’d rather they not.

Because I am always curious, I Googled around a bit and discovered they are most likely cluster flies. Click here to learn more. It’s a thing!

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Full Moon Skinny #SOLC19

What will you bring

Full moon

Madness

Mayhem

Spring

Full moon

Balance

Light

Hope

Full moon

Bring what you will

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Feel like trying your hand at a “skinny” poem? Click here to learn how. And to see another example, Alice at Alice Nine has a delicious skinny in her slice, too! 

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A sign #SOLC19

I’m struggling

To find the good

In this day

In this week

But I found a little

Just a very little

Waiting for me

At home

On this sunny afternoon

I had to look for it

It was hard to see

But it was there

Waiting for me

The new

Amongst the old

Forcing its way up

Against resistance

Determined

To find a path forward

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I wish you… #SOLC19

Today was not a good day. It was a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day,” to quote Alexander in Judith Viorst’s classic. That’s all I am able to  say other than to share this wish for a student. I wasn’t going to slice. I didn’t feel like slicing, but here I am. 

I wish you

A better tomorrow

Peace

A calm, fresh start

I wish you clarity

For your anger

Frustration

Anxiety

Sadness

I wish you forgiveness

From classmates

From grownups

From yourself

For your anger

Frustration

Anxiety

Sadness

This I wish for you

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Ode to… #SOLC19

As I stand here in the kitchen,

Doing what I do each and every Sunday,

Preparing for our busy week ahead,

I can’t even imagine life without you.

You are always by my side.

There when I need you.

What a helper you are to me. 

Cooking,

Baking,

Cleaning up.

Whatever I need, you are always there to support me.

Please don’t ever run out on me.

I can’t live without you,

My dear parchment paper.

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Nature’s Obstacle Course #SOLC19

“Do I dare ask how the trail is today?” I asked the woman leaving the trail and heading to her car in the small trailhead lot. “It’s OK,” she responded. “Muddy, slippery in spots, and there’s a tree that came down in the storm last night cutting across a section of the trail. But other than that, it’s really not bad.” We thanked her and headed in.

My husband is in training for a crazy endurance hike the first weekend in May. He’s going to be hiking in a 50-miles in 24 hours endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser called “Rock the Ridge.” Funds raised will support the Mohonk Preserve in the Mid-Hudson Valley, where we do a fair bit of hiking. (Please note that I said my husband will be participating. I’m not that crazy!) As part of his training, he is walking for hours on end at the gym on a treadmill jacked up to the highest incline it can handle, and hiking outdoors as often as possible. Today was a stunner of a late winter day, with spring in the air, so I decided to join him.

Our informant was correct, it was terribly muddy and slippery, but no sign of the downed tree. About 30 minutes in, we turned a corner and…

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BOOM! There it was. It wasn’t just a tree across the trail, it was a big tree across the trail! We paused for a moment to come up with a game plan — where to go over, where to go under. It was a bit like “We’re going on a bear hunt. Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go around it. Gotta go through it!”

bkOHcyYfRcOmQRQv8Hs87wWith a bit of effort, some slipping, some sliding, a few giggles, and a whole lot of gratitude that no one else approached the tree as we were navigating our way through, we made it. It wasn’t graceful by any stretch of the imagination, but we made it.

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A little muddy, but we made it. Let’s hope Mother Nature doesn’t decide to create an obstacle course for my husband on the day of his hike.

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Now I get it! #SOLC19

“NO WAY,” Jane said excitedly during our Kindergarten Guided Reading group today.

And then she continued. “Hey, you guys! If you look at the pictures you can totally figure out what the words are! How cool is that?”

Now why didn’t I think to teach them that? Oh yeah. I did!

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Put your hands up and walk away from the LEGOs! #SOLC19

It’s 11:50 am.

I turn the classroom lights out.

“Five more minutes of Genius Hour until cleanup, everyone.”

Four minutes pass.

“Uno minuto! One more minute, friends.”

One minute passes.

“It…is…time…to…clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere. Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share.”

Cleanup begins.

Cleanup continues.

Five minutes into cleanup…

“Put your hands up and walk away from the LEGOs!”

“Can I save this, Mrs. Wyman?”

“Of course you can.”

Kindergarteners love LEGOs. What more can I say?

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