Herons and Humpbacks Whales, Oh My!

Thought I would post a few videos from my weekend. Friday while driving home from work I spotted a tell-tale cluster of seagulls so pulled over and sure enough caught some bubble feeding action!   Walking the dog on the docks this am saw this heron.  When it made that sound I almost dropped my … Continue reading Herons and Humpbacks Whales, Oh My!


Halloween in Anchorage meant costumes worn over bulky snowsuits.  It meant cold, snowy, moonless nights trick-or-treating in our protected little neighborhood.  The big question was always, would there be snow? Halloween was homemade costumes. My siblings and I were hobos once.  Eyebrow pencil stubble on our chins, gel in our hair and then tousled, oversized … Continue reading Trick-or-Treat

The Last Time

When my daughter was about eight, my husband said to me, "I don't remember the last time she rode on my shoulders." She was too big now. "I didn't realize the last time I carried her would be the LAST time." There are a lot of things like that.  A lot of "last times" that … Continue reading The Last Time

In the Dark

In light of Halloween, I decided to read "The Dark" by Lemony Snicket of the Bad Beginnings fame, illustrated by one of my (new) favorites - Jon Klassen.  While technically NOT a Halloween story, it is darn scary, perfect for brave second graders. Enter the second grade class.  "I am going to read a scary … Continue reading In the Dark

Whale Watching

  On my way home from work today I stopped to whale watch.  I have seen many whales on my way to work, and off and on while living here in Southeast Alaska.  Just the other day I stopped to watch them "bubble feed," but didn't have my camera.   (Bubble feeding, my non-seafaring friends … Continue reading Whale Watching

Serendipity of the Itchy Kind

When one of the girls came home with lice I was horrified! Just horrified. My entire childhood and the first ten years as a parent I had never heard of a single case. I knew there was such a thing, but I had never seen a louse before.  Had never known anyone that had one … Continue reading Serendipity of the Itchy Kind

Candy Corn

I did it.  I succumbed to the lure of candy corn. I broke down and bought a bag. There is just something lovely about candy corn.  It is sweet.  Sickly sweet.  Almost too sweet.  There is a soft chewiness and I eat them one by one.  Yellow bottom first, orange middle second and finish with … Continue reading Candy Corn

To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

My mind swirled with the prompt today.  Exceptional. So many things popped in my head, but one kept surfacing and resurfacing and that is the many exceptional teachers I have worked with over the years. And of those exceptional teachers, one kept floating to the top. Celia E. You see, I was a new, brand … Continue reading To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

A Perfect Day

I woke up yesterday to a lovely, sunny, fall day.  Those are few and far between here in our rainy little corner of the world.  While drinking coffee and enjoying the view, my husband spotted a whale in the narrows.  So there we were, on the deck, air chilly, coffee cup warming our hands watching … Continue reading A Perfect Day

Overcoming Story Time

I am going to come right out and say it.  Kindergarteners scare me.  My entire teaching career was spent in middle school, sixth grade.  Now I find myself in the library at an elementary school.  I teach library once a week to all the classes, kindergarten through sixth grade. Most the grades levels are a … Continue reading Overcoming Story Time