Really Bad Vacation

Let me start by saying that I LOVE the Oregon Coast. For so many years and for so many road-trips, the Coast was our destination. So much so, that when our middle daughter got married, she had her wedding in Cannon Beach. She just had such fond memories of summers spent there. So much so … Continue reading Really Bad Vacation

Lessons from my Father: Finch Family Style.

My dad. Beloved grandfather, "Pooh." Great grandfather. Loving husband. Friend to many. Philosopher. Outdoorsman. Scientist: Meteorologist. Family man. There is so much I have learned from my father, and while I have dedicated this post to what I have learned, I should go on the record and say.....there is still SO MUCH MORE that I … Continue reading Lessons from my Father: Finch Family Style.

Love Recognizes No Barriers

Love Recognizes No Barriers.Maya Angelou The other day I was in the library and it was time for the kindergartners to leave. "Let's clean up everyone, it is time to go back to class." Aamir's little shoulders lowered as he let out a big, sad sigh. "Oh No! What's the matter" I asked. He got … Continue reading Love Recognizes No Barriers

Resolution for 2020 (and Forever)

Bonnie, my beautiful sister I updated my FB messenger the other day. A mundane task not worthy of writing about, except that later, I was searching for a date reminder on messenger when I discovered that now, with the update, I could see all my old messages! Messages going back ten years. Yes. Of course … Continue reading Resolution for 2020 (and Forever)

Thank you Mo Willems

Oh My Gosh you guys!! Mo Willems came out with a new Pigeon book this summer. And I ordered it. And I got to read it to my classes the first day. And the fifth graders loved it even more than Kindergartners. It was amazing!! Older kids, fifth graders were raised on Mo Willems. If … Continue reading Thank you Mo Willems

Checking In

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I took three graduate level courses this summer. I traveled this summer. Three times. We had 14 people stay with us in four different visits this summer. Visits from parents, from in-laws, from children and grandchildren. Warm summer days cooking, laughing, adventuring or simply tossing pebbles into the ocean. I … Continue reading Checking In

Movin’ On

Barbara, a really good friend and colleague retired at the end of this school year - just two days ago. She was the one I ate lunch with religiously.  The one I team taught with for years.  The one I went to for ideas, for advice and to vent.  She noticed when I was wearing … Continue reading Movin’ On

Almost Grown Up

Today the graduating seniors came back to their former elementary schools and walked the halls in their caps and gowns to the cheers of the whole school! It is an awesome new tradition that I hope keeps up. At one point a little kindergartner shyly tapped my arm, looking at them in awe. “Are they … Continue reading Almost Grown Up

Paper Cranes

  In a little foray away from the whole poetry thing, I would like to give an update to what has been going on in the library! In late March, in anticipation of visiting students from our sister city in Japan, I blew the dust off our origami books and taught the kids how to … Continue reading Paper Cranes

When We Were Wild Things

This poem is a riff off of another poem by George Ella Lyons.  As a teacher I would use the lesson the author provided and help students create "I am From" poems, which were always beautiful.  I never took the initiative to write one myself... I would model lines here and there, but was always … Continue reading When We Were Wild Things