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Yes &… with Digital Tools We Can

As we set off to create writers who write in tandem with the printed world and the digital world there are a few we need to consider.

books · inspiration · voice · writer's notebook

Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site).  Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite!  🙂  A little known secret is that I'm an avid pirate-lover.  I love all things Pirate (except for the baseball team)!  Today my little family of five is celebrating. … Continue reading Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!

art · blogging · collecting · inspiration · reflections · the persona of a writer · writer's notebook

Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???

Liza Lee Miller said:  Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook and an Art Journal. My mother and sister keep art journals and ephemera is a huge part of that for them. I… Continue reading Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???

memoir · memories

M.M. Inspiration: Disaster Averted

Have you ever done an activity with a family member or a group of kids where you thought, "Wow! I got lucky that worked!"??? That happened to me the first time I did the "Million Dots Display" with my former fifth grade students. The results were amazing... ...but the process was a bit hectic! So,… Continue reading M.M. Inspiration: Disaster Averted

memoir · memories

M.M. Inspiration: Sometimes you have to let your hair down!

Has there ever been a moment in time when you've let your hair down in front of others? For me, it was at the 105th Street (Central Park) Fountain with several of my former students in April 2005. The fountain (in the photo; photo taken in 2007) was empty and several of my students jumped… Continue reading M.M. Inspiration: Sometimes you have to let your hair down!

memoir · memories

Memoir Monday: Inspiration (if you need/want it)

Think back to a graduation you can remember: middle school, high school, college, graduate school, or even your pre-k stepping-up ceremony (Personally I don't remember the last one!). Write about how you felt that day knowing that your life was about to change. Give it a go, if you'd like, and then link your memory-related… Continue reading Memoir Monday: Inspiration (if you need/want it)