April 2012

Crazy Rhythms

April 27, 2012

The last of Five for Five.  Today, on Listening.   I listened all week. To various complaints, reasonable and unreasonable, I gave my patient, most understanding ear.  I listened to my middle school students, when they asked — nicely or not — if they could do this particular thing or hand in that particular assignment […]

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“Next Day”

April 26, 2012

The fourth of Five for Five.  Today’s topic:  Age For years, Randall Jarell’s poem “Next Day”  was my very favorite poem. I was so amazed by the way that the poet got into the mind of another person.  For years, he let me imagine my way into this nameless speaker’s world.  It was like a […]

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Pictures in my mind

April 25, 2012

Today’s Five for Five post, on the subject of Pictures.   “I can’t see any pictures in my mind, Mom.” This appeared to come out of nowhere, as most of her most crucial pronouncements tend to do. But it actually came from a very important somewhere: our shared evening meditation. Grace, age 13, and I […]

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(a second post, for Momalom.com’s Five For Five.  Today’s post, on the subject of WORDS.)  Put a machine in front of me — at least one that lacks a keyboard — and I freeze up.  Not only do I avoid changing lightbulbs:  I am actually just the tiniest bit afraid of them.    Among the […]

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When I became a teacher, I thought my job was all about the lessons I needed to teach. But really, the first lesson I needed to learn was this: If something in my class or in my school wasn’t working, I could not expect it to start to benefit my students and their learning unless I changed. […]

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April is National Poetry Month. Blossoms mass on the cherry trees. Liquid light draws forth their pinks, brings into being colors I have not before seen. Blue from the open sky, Browns from the house paint on the doors and windows of 1st Street. Like an existential alarm clock, April calls out through the old […]

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Take a Load off, Annie

April 2, 2012

When my favorite blog (Motherlode) announced that its book club would be reading the newest book by one of my favorite authors (Annie Lamott) I signed on as fast as I could.  I was eager to see how Lamott would take on sudden, unexpected grandparenthood — and even more eager for the humor, oversharing, and dead-on […]

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