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#SOL17: Memories


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Memories

Moments in time

Preserved

Perhaps captured with a camera flash

Or the stroke of a pen.

 

Memories

Moments in time

Experiences shared

As families, as friends, as spectators, as coaches

Preserved

Perhaps a story told

Or laughter shared.

Memories

Moments in time

Voices murmuring

Beckoning here and there

Preserved

Shared out loud

Multiplying our love!


How are you storing up each moment?  

How do you capture that smile, that glance, that word, that memory?


Thank you, dear friends, for all your kinds words, support and love these past few weeks,  There.are.no.words.to.express.the.depth.of.my.appreciation.

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#SOLSC17: #OLW Brave


The past week has tested my #OLW – brave.  I really can’t write much about it YET.  But I’m here to tell you that last week had some REAL Highs countered by one humongous abysmal low!

Highs

Time with my son, daughter-in-law and 22 month old grandson

Time with my nephew, niece by marriage, great nephew and great niece

Time with my niece, great nephew and great niece

Time with my mother

Time with my sister

Time with my ex-brother-in-law

Time with my sister, brother-in-law and three short nephews

Time with my brother, sister-in-law, niece and step-niece

Time with my brother, sister-in-law and niece

Time with aunts, uncles and cousins galore

Seconds, minutes, hours, days and days!

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Talking

Eating

Laughing

Shopping

Eating

Swimming

Laughing

Playing cards

Eating

Checking math homework

Laughing

Talking with friends

Time well spent!

One of my favorite roles

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Warning:



Lows

Last Tuesday’s news

Calling

Telling Mom

Two new angels

My godson (nephew) and his wife

No time for a last goodbye

No time for a last hug

No time for a last joke

A double funeral

Hug your loved ones

Tell them you love them

Every minute

You never know . . .

Don’t leave any “could have”, “should have”, “would have”. . .

All in! 

Family!


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#SOL17: The Story


The ball swishes through the net as the buzzer sounds.  A sigh of relief as the two points are recorded on the scoreboard.  The basket was a buzzer beater.

Final score 25 to 17.

The last second score was icing on the cake.  Another two points in the book for a seventh grade athlete.  Kids who had been running up and down the court chasing and being chased by the opposing team.

Proud Great Aunt.  My great nephew’s team wins again!

A never-ending third quarter that saw each team make only one basket.  So much energy expanded.  WAIT.  Delete that.  Wrong game. Memory mix up. Wrong details supporting the 8th grade B game. Three different games now in my memory bank.  Time to focus.

Visiting with my sister, my niece, my great niece. Receiving a hand-written note from Autumn. Enjoying the ambiance of a junior high gym, whistles blowing, athletes competing, and fans cheering.

Where do I start?  What is the heart of my story?

THE PROCESS TODAY:

I ran through the events in my mind.  I collected ideas without a single keystroke or graphic organizer.  I began to sift the details with mental rehearsal.  Decision made.  The beginning point is the basket that ended the game.

And then doubt sets in . . . And the questioning . . . Do I really want to begin with the end of the game?  The final three seconds?  Then what will be next?

What is the important part of my story? 

The important part is that I write. I write at my keyboard while my coffee is brewing.  Intent on capturing the words that I rehearsed as I hit the snooze alarm.  It’s Tuesday. It’s “Slicer Day”. I need to write a story so I’m rehearsing a story.  Not across my fingers. Not across pages.  But in my head.  Cross-checking the most important facts.

BUT, what about that  note from Autumn?  She’s three.  It’s the first writing she’s given me.  Her name – carefully printed across a small piece of paper.  Written with love. Received with love.

Some days I just HAVE to write!  

The words come pouring out. The screen fills.  Then the doubt and worry arrive.  Delete, fix up, fancy up the piece.  But it all begins with the writing.

How can I teach writing without writing?

How do I understand that there isn’t one perfect prompt?  One perfect process?  One perfect story map?   . . . If I also don’t know the joy, the agony, and the freedom of writing?

Why am I writing?

I want to win the writing game.  I know it takes practice.  I know it takes time.  Writing.  Writing.  Writing. Slicing to continue to improve my narrative writing.  (But while I write I continue to think, to study and reflect on my process. I can’t turn off the teacher side.)

Today.  Flash drafting. Metacognitively reviewing my process. Recording my thinking. And yet sometimes, it’s all about “the doing” – Just writing!

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Veterans’ Day


Veteran’s Day

(Blackout poem)

Veterans Day:

an official United States public holiday

November 11

honors military veterans –

persons who served in the United States Armed Forces –

coincides with  Armistice Day and Remembrance Day

the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918

renamed Veterans Day in 1954

Not to be confused with Memorial Day;

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans,

while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.

On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

“We remodeled our industries,

concentrated our financial resources,

increased our agricultural output, and

assembled a great army, so

our power was a decisive factor in the victory.

Out of this victory:

new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert

war showed us the strength

of great nations

acting together for high purposes

the victory of arms

foretells the enduring conquests

which can be made in peace

when nations act justly and

in furtherance of the common interests of men”

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How will YOU celebrate Veterans Day?

 

Original Article  (Source:  Wikipedia)

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.[1]

On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

“ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN The White House, November 11, 1919. A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and just set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. – With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

#DigiLitSunday: #WhyIWrite


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Why do I write?

I started a list

The verbs wrote themselves . . .

To define

To think

To create

To share

To craft

To dream

To plan a course of action

To question

To examine

To reflect

Current reality . . . 

I am writing now

Because my fingers are tethered to my keyboard

And I can’t leave this post until I’ve recorded something

Worthy of pushing that “publish” button.

What do I write?

Serious or trivial?

Rich in details?

Or written totally between the lines?

Do the words tumble end over end

in their urgency to be revealed?

Or do they have to be coaxed out of hiding

while I patiently sip coffee as they emerge word by word on the scrren?

The pacing corresponds to the ideas,

some race across the blank screen begging for release,

some yet to simmer,

some seem half-baked,

some to be totally erased TODAY,

perhaps to emerge in a different format on another day.

YET

Today

The words are in gratitude for time with family

This weekend it was being entertained by the 17 month old grandson,

A charming, sweet boy

Attending his first collegiate football game

Complete with high fives, fist bumps, applause, and signaling touchdowns

And yet I wonder what he is thinking . . .

Today I write to share my thanks for the precious gift of time with family!

Why do you write?

What do you write?


Additional Reading

Other thoughts on #WhyIWrite here in a previous post complete with responses from MANY slicers!

Shaelynn Farnsworth’s post “Educators Sharing #WhyIWrite to Celebrate National Writing Day”

Kathleen Sokolowski’s post “Are You Ready for the National Day of Writing 2016?”

#SOL16: October


When you say “October” what are you thinking of?

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Is it your most favorite month?

What images are in your mind?

Plain . . .

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OR

Decorated . . .

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Is it the harvest season?

Soybeans . . . OR corn . . .

Or the plowing that comes after?

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Farming

Checking the weather

… rain?  Did he say rain?

Or the thirty one days of fun?

Which of these match you?

For me, October is the month of birthdays . . .

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Pat

Mom

Josh

Joe

Jess

Sudharshan

To name just a few from the immediate family.

October is a month of 31 days packed with fun, football, and food as we meet and celebrate . . . every day!

What do you like best about October?

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#SOL16: Photo Essay


What do these three people have in common?

They were all part of the reason that the family trip to Rome occurred in August of 2016.

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A Saturday Papal Audience  . . .pope francis.jpg

 

And a canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta saint-teresa

All led to a trip to Rome.

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How many family members would accept Mom’s invitation?

 

 

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Mom, her brother and his wife, my two younger brothers, my younger sister and myself.

Any story about our travels would not be complete without Father Marty, our spiritual leader and the center of FUN!

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An interesting fact about the members of our group (4 sets of sisters).

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And the whole Tour Group . . . 52 Pilgrims

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And some of the people we met along the way . . .

A photographer from a Quad Cities TV station who captured film as we left Davenport . . .

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And the many faces of the family . . .

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Accordion music in the parking garage . . .

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An articulate and passionate tour guide . . .

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and guards . . .

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and cameras everywhere . . .

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with selfies as a regular occurrence!

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Introducing “who was traveling” and “why” this trip!!!

 

#SOL16: Travel Trivia


Where have we been?

What have we seen?

This morning sitting at the Leonardo DaVinci Airport I was literally counting my blessings.

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This was Mom five years ago on her “0” birthday when she went on a Mediterranean cruise with my younger sister.  The idea of returning to Rome has been a recurring topic.

And last evening we celebrated sisters in our tour group in this picture.

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How many sets of sisters?

And without a picture  . . . How many sets of brothers were on our trip?

What was our location?

How many hills in this city?

How many obelisks?

What US city is at the same latitude as Rome?

How many attended the canonization on Sunday?

How many in the audience at the canonization needed medical treatment due to the heat and the numerous hours in the sun?

How many were within five feet of the Pope on Saturday?

We set off on a journey to Rome, yes a religious trip, but also a trip to the heart of civilization.  This is a city of 300 churches with 200 more in the suburbs.  It’s a city of many diverse nationalities and personalities.  It was a pleasure to be in a group of seven . . .

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Brother

Sister

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

within a community of 52 pilgrims from an Iowa sponsored tour (plus folks from IL, WI, MO, and FL).

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Today’s Slice of Life . . .  Treasuring the “arrivederci”!

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Questions and Answers from above:

How many sets of sisters? 4
And without a picture . . . How many sets of brothers were on our trip? 1
What was our location? Rome, Italy
How many hills in this city? 7
How many obelisks? 11
What US city is at the same latitude as Rome? Chicago
How many attended the canonization on Sunday? 120,000
How many in the audience at the canonization needed medical treatment due to the heat and the numerous hours in the sun? 1,000
How many were within five feet of the Pope on Saturday? ALL 52 of us!!!!

(6 of 9 answers were included in earlier Tweets from Rome! – Just another reason to be on Twitter!)

 

 

#SOL16: Traveling


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The Art of Traveling

The information below was included in the travel materials from Select International for our Canonization Pilgrimage that begins today. I’m borrowing EVERY word at this stage .  . .

What if the words “travel” and “traveler” were changed to “learn” and “learners”?

Travel Lightly  – Don’t let too much “stuff” weigh you down.  Keep your clothing and your baggage simple.

Travel Expectantly – Expect to be surprised and changed by your experiences together.

Travel Humbly – Visit the people of this land with reverence and respect for their traditions and way of life.

Travel Gratefully – Realize you are guests in this land and display gratitude for the people who are welcoming us and providing for you.

Travel Courteously – Show consideration for fellow travelers and help each other smooth the way through any difficulties you may encounter.

Travel Patiently – Stay flexible and adaptable and realize that unexpected changes, delays, and problems are part of the whole experience.

Travel Relaxed – Let go of worries and tensions and decide to have a good time!”

Does this resemble your plan for your classroom this year? 

Where will you need to be cautious and/or planful?  Humble?  Patient?

Dr Seuss

Mom

Sister

Brother

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

and 44 other pilgrims

today is “Traveling Day” as we’re off to Rome!

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#SOL16: ROME!


Where does writing inspiration come from?  Today it came from this quote in my inbox from my sister via the priest leading our trip to Rome at the end of August for the canonization of Mother Teresa. To learn more about Mother Teresa, you can check out this link.

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What does this quote mean to you?

If you are reading closely you do notice the difference between the bold words and the italics. I have a couple weeks YET to learn more about Mother Teresa before joining about two million friends at the Vatican for the celebration!

What should we plan to see besides our tours?  

My research is starting with these top 10 FREE things to do and see in Rome.  I’m not buying a book – a real paper book at this stage.  I’m sure that I will download something about Vatican City and the churches in Rome.  Our guides will be amazing but I also like to have some background information to fully appreciate the historical significance!

And in the meantime,

it’s back to packing

for a trip to Rome

with:

Mom,

Two younger brothers,

One younger sister,

An aunt and uncle (Mom’s brother!)

A trip of a lifetime!

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Thanks, Mom!

As she returns for her second visit, five years later!

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What family travel story do you have? (or will you have)?

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