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#SOL19: #OLW19 Celebrate

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Celebrating 2019 Reading

29 books listed for my 52 book goal in Goodreads

7 of 29 books are professional books.

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Celebrating Writing and 2019 Publications

Two posts at Literacy Lenses: “Creating a Conversational Thread:  Engaged Reading, Writing and Talking Across the Curriculum” and Game Changers!

Here at Resource – Full:  22 posts this year in 56 days


Celebrating 2019 Talking (Twitter Chats)

Cohosting an #ILAchat on Independent Reading on 2/14/19 http://bit.ly/ILAchat_IndependentReading

Cohosting #G2Great chats – 7

Celebrating 2019 Learning Destinations

Minneapolis with Kathryn, Kari and Cornelius Minor

Denver CCIRA – 3 fabulous days of learning here, here, here, here, and here

TOTAL  29 + 25 + 8 + 2 = 64 literacy reasons to celebrate

Evidence of Reading, Writing, Talking (Chats), and Learning . . . 

What are you celebrating in 2019? 

How are you progressing with your #OLW?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#SOL18: Magic






Picture aficionado

Picture aficionado



Family – oriented

Family – oriented



International traveler

International traveler

A Pennyslvanian

An Iowan

And that’s a list of what I knew about a fellow “Slicer” before we met up IRL (in real life) last Saturday for breakfast.

The power of blogging.

The power of paying attention.

The power of responding to fellow bloggers.

The power of subscribing to blogs written by other folks.

It felt like “old home week” because we’ve been blogging weekly and every day in March for several years.  I could look it up, but this post isn’t about the numbers.  It’s about the friendships, respect and genuine “kinship” of fellow bloggers!

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They are on their way to California for their nephew’s wedding and several months ago said they would be going through Iowa.  We met up at the Iowa 80 truck stop and had breakfast together before they headed across Iowa. Westward, Ho!

It’s convenient.  Literally one block off of Interstate 80.  Loaded with choices of places to eat.  Knickknacks to examine. Souvenirs. Halloween items. Toys. Toys. Toys.

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I’m not positive that the ferris wheel works. But it adds to the scenic view.  And that’s the outside. The inside is spacious and puts most stores to shame with WIDE aisles and plenty of browsing space.

And vehicles. This is one of two trucks on the INSIDE of the building!  Truck tail gates adorn the walls.  And memorabilia fills all the nooks and crannies everywhere!

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If you are going to be on I-80, this truck stop is about an hour west of the Mississippi River (the eastern border).  Leave yourself some time to explore!  LInk

So when you are planning to meet, talk and enjoy some face to face conversation, The World’s Largest Truck Stop should be on your list because it’s entertaining, easy to access, and also like all truck stops . . . has really “delish” food 24 hours every day!  Check it out!

Take a risk.

Start blogging.

You will be amazed at the friendships that will develop.

Write. Write. Write.

Blog. Blog. Blog.

Fellow “Slicers”, how many have you met IRL? 

Where do you go to “meet up”? 

Does it involve food or drink? 

What do you have planned?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                              slice of life 2016

#SOL16 and Revealing #OneLittleWord16

So what do you see?

joy glass half empty or full

  • Is the glass half full?
  • Is the glass half empty?

(Or does it only matter when you know what is IN the glass?)

Perspective matters.  It matters every second of every minute of every hour of every day . . . you know the rest.

Like many bloggers, I was in search of my #OneLittleWord when Thanksgiving break arrived.  I was searching, checking out the thesaurus, reviewing blogs from last year and YES, fretting about that poor little word that would focus my actions and thoughts for the next year.

Where did #OneLittleWord come from?  You can read about it here from Ruth Ayres (2008) and even see how Margaret Simon used it with her students in 2015 here.  You can also read some early announcements of words here, here, here, and here.

My word found me as I was making decisions about wrapping Christmas presents.  Presents were everywhere.  I had diligently removed the price tags.  I had organized them by recipients.  Then I added post-its (yep, color-coded) by the “recipient” as I considered those individuals who would be at multiple, multiple Christmas exchanges:  my son, my daughter-in-law, and my grandson.

Easy Part – all gifts had to be prepared to travel.

However, there is a difference between gifts that travel two hours on a balmy 50 degree afternoon and those that had to be prepared to travel more than 8 hours without being crushed, torn, or so disheveled that they would need “re-wrapping”.  This was an organizational nightmare.

And to compound the issue, the not so distant past included being “called out” by the blood relative (who shall remain nameless) who received about half as many gifts as the family newcomer at a previous Christmas. But names are not included in order to protect myself!  🙂

Hmmm . . . what to do?

Easy decision.

As I surveyed the gifts and thought about every logistical concern. (How do the gifts get home?  Is there really room for big gifts?  What if some gifts really need to be exchanged before leaving town?) Simple questions. Multiple issues.

My solution

Gifts for the Iowa family Christmas would basically be wrapped individually in their “own” paper and too bad, so sad but the 7.5 month old grandson would have more gifts than his parents.  Equal number of gifts for all three was not the major goal because after all Fair Isn’t Always Equal according to Rick Wormeli.

Then the gifts that were traveling to Kentucky would all be gift-bagged.  One bag per person with the  collection of gifts to be basically “tissue-wrapped”.  WHEW!  Major decision!  I believed that DISASTER was averted and I had a wonderful plan.  (Truth in blogging – Gift cards for books for nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews were not included in this decision.) All other gifts for Kentucky Christmases would also be gift bagged.

Seriously, what did this have to do with #OneLittleWord?

Well, it was all about my perspective.

What solution allowed me to designate the gift locations and collections and fill my needs?

It was all about my JOY at finding a solution that met both my needs as the giver and (I hoped) the needs of the recipients!

Joy is truly in the eyes of the beholder – whether it is the gifter or the givee!  And my heart was so full of JOY at finding a solution that I knew JOY needed to be a part of my personal and work life every day for the next year.


This Christmas gift to me said it all.

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Why JOY?

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Not convinced?

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My life every day this year will include:  happiness, success, delight, gaiety, bliss, or the source of delight – wonder!  (And see how sneakily seven other words fit under this umbrella of JOY!)

Schools and learning need to be filled with Joy, happiness, success, delight, gaiety, bliss, and the source of delight – wonder!  And I will be looking for Joy in all its formats every day in schools and in my own learning.

So I will be looking for JOY each and every day and with my “half-full” perspective, I am sure that I am going to find it!

Have you found your #OneLittleWord?

Has your #OneLittleWord found you?

P.S. [Truth – three days of wrapping and organizing (after one day of LOCATING) and I was close to buying/repurposing boxes in order to scrap the bag idea. I had a hard time getting the exact number  and sizes of bags that “matched” the recipient.   New Solution:   I just bought extra large, medium and small bags. After all my gifting, I used 31 bags and that was more math than my JOYOUS brain could handle.]


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy,Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

Sunshine Award for Blogging!

Three Sunshine Award nominations later and a return to my laptop have finally induced me to respond. Thank you, friends!  In order my first nomination was from Jamie Fath and is included here in her blog “On My Mind.”  Then over Christmas, I was nominated by Vicki Vinton in her blog To Make a Prairie” and today I received my nomination from Julieanne Harmatz in her blog “To Read To Write To Be.”

ImageThe Rules:

  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
    • Share 11 random facts about yourself.

    • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.

    • List 11 bloggers.  They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!

    • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

My random facts:

  1. I was born on Father’s Day and my dad always said that I was his best gift EVER!
  2. I love the holiday tradition that my son began which is to eat pie/dessert at 10 on Thanksgiving or Christmas with dinner following at 2 pm.  “That way you always have room for dessert!”
  3. I seldom have “birthday cake” and usually have gooseberry pie to celebrate my birthday.
  4. I  have taught or facilitated graduate classes as an adjunct instructor for the past twenty six years.
  5. I have participated in summer workshops or classes every summer but one for the past twenty eight years.
  6. One of my favorite songs is “Pomp and Circumstance” and I have worn a cap and gown five times.
  7. I really LOVE to read and wish I could think of a marketable book to write in order to be a published author.
  8. Of my nominators, I have only met Jamie face-to-face.  I know Vicki and Julianne through their blogs and tweets and our #wrrdchat last summer.
  9. My goal is to respond to at least one blog every day in order to encourage others to continue writing.
  10. I love my job because I really am often paid to “talk!”
  11. I love technology when it does exactly what I want it to do!

Because I had three different nominations, I am going to change the rules and answer 4 questions from each of my nominators!

Questions from Jamie: 

3. What’s your favorite ‘get to know someone new” question? I love “Two truths and a lie” because it requires close listening and a bit of creativity!
6. Now, what’s your dream job? I would love to be president of my own teacher education college in order to provide an education that would truly prepare teachers for their future jobs.
9. What’s your favorite thing to cook? My daughter-in-law’s corn dip that goes in the crock pot! – Simple and YUMMM!
10. Android or iOS?  Android

Questions from Vicki:

  1. What book would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island? Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  2. What did you learn from your mother? That reading a good book was more important than cooking or cleaning and a lot more fun as well.
  3. Where do you find joy in your classroom or work? When teachers or students excitedly share “what worked!”
  4. What do you do to recharge? Attend high school or collegiate football games or wrestling meets, read my Twitter chat stream and chat with friends!

Questions from Julieanne:

2. Who was your hero growing up? My grandmother on my mother’s side who was a teacher, had 10 children, 56 grandchildren and always knew all of our names and birthdates!

5. What motivated you to start blogging? In order to talk with teachers about writing, it was important that I spend time writing as well!

9. What technology has made your life better? Skype – being able to visit with my son overseas and his lovely wife in Kentucky are fun  because of skype!

10. Why teaching? In third grade I wrote the traditional “When I Grow Up” paper in which I said I would be a teacher or a nun.  Too many raps on the knuckles with a ruler knocked out the nun.  I have been teaching in some format for 30++ years!


Kathy Perret            @kathyperret      Learning is Growing

Shannon Clark        @shannonclark7  i run read teach 

Dea Conrad-Curry  @doctordea         Partner in Education

Melanie Holtsman    @Holtsman       Once Upon a Teacher

Jenny Maehara       @jennymae         Raising Voices

Rusha Sams           @RushaSams       Oh the Places We See . . . 

Amy                         @directoramy     Reflections on Leadership and Learning

Steve Peterson                                      Inside the Dog

Ryan Scala              @rscalateach       Tapping into Words

Tara Smith               @tara_smith5    A Teaching Life

11 Questions for the Bloggers:

1.  What is your most treasured piece of writing?
2. What author would you like to personally chat with (time travel is acceptable!)
3. What would members of your family say that you are somewhat obsessive about?
4. What book should never have been made into a movie?
5. What are the defining qualities of a “good book” in your own opinion?
6. What is your favorite sport and why?
7. In your life, is the glass typically “half full” or “half empty?”
8. What life accomplishment are you most proud of? And why?
9. What one word would your best friend use to describe you?
10. What is your favorite comfort food?
11.  What outdoor temperature range would be your ideal year round temperatures?

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