day twenty-four

Cinquain the first form

Year's theme
Making it happen
This week of vacation

thursday bug

Sometimes it helps to share with others what bugs your mind.
They may have a solution, a kind word, or a smile of encouragement.
This week my thursday bug is:

April 24--significant snowfall. Gah.


day twenty-three

The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as "short song," and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5793#sthash.zUmJmz1r.dpuf

Visiting my friends / Meeting with them all day long / Laughing and talking / Catching up on all our lives / Vacation is made for this

w.w.w. wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to Rob Lowe's new memoir. And I'm reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

• What did you recently finish reading? This week I finished: It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I need to read The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout for my May book group selection.


day twenty-two

Free verse is an open form of poetry not concerned with consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other musical pattern. It tends to mirror natural speech.

First pedicure of the season
with a matching manicure, it was nice
to pamper myself.

Easter leftovers are gone
maybe I ate too much cake,
I've got the sugar shakes.

Plagued by wifi issues,
a new router needed.
I just want to connect!

ten things tuesday

Since it's vacation week, I am spending a lot of time by myself. Here is a list of ten things I like to do by myself:

1) Sleep. This would include napping.

2) Explore the internet. Blogging, emailing, shopping, and chattering on Facebook.

3) Read. I always thought it was somewhat weird to read when there are other people around.

4) Doctor visits. Even as a kid, I wanted to go by myself.

5) Grocery shop. I like to zip through the store, usually, because I don't always make lists. Meandering makes things jump into the cart, I find.

6) Sit on the porch. I'm not much of an outdoorsy fan, so when I want to sit on the porch, I want to enjoy it in my own way.

7) Clean.

8) Arrange my classroom. Although it's helpful to have tall people around for poster hanging.

9) Talk on the phone. On Easter, my sister phoned and everyone was on a different cordless talking and I passed.

10) Go through the drive thru. It's just easier.



Not quite a typical Disney fairy princess movie. Catchy songs. I liked it.

day twenty-one

Lune style: The lune is an American form of poetry similar to the haiku: thirteen syllables are arranged in 5/3/5 format, five syllables in the first line, three syllables in the second, and five in the third.

Not much accomplished
Book finished
Cowl knit for my sis.

finished reading

This is the story of Craig Gilner, a stressed-out student at a prestigious college prep high school, finds himself overwhelmed by life and lands in a psychiatric ward. This is the story of his stay. For a book about such serious issues as depression and suicide, it's a light read. Craig's thoughts are amusing as he figures out how he wants to life his life. The secondary characters are an odd-ball assortment of patients Craig encounters, his family, and his typical high school friends.

What resonated with me is the enormous pressure teens are under. They are expected to be mini-adults as they navigate childhood. I know my students are stressed out because they have jobs to pay for their cars, getting into college, and having a social life. Lots of pressures. Lots of adult situations.

musing mondays

Click here to play along.
Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I am on vacation this week and want to get a lot of reading in. It got me thinking about the types of reading I do while on vacation--that I want to read breezy, cozy, lighthearted books. Maybe it's because I want a brain-break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


day twenty

Free verse is an open form of poetry not concerned with consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other musical pattern. It tends to mirror natural speech.

Easter Day
was a beautiful treat.
Family, food, and fun.
Sun and warmth (finally).

We cooked and laughed,
about our cooking,
even though the meal was yummy.
Talking about everything and nothing.

A relaxed, holy day.

sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: The Easter Meme

What are your Easter traditions? gather with the family
Do you hard boil and decorate eggs? no
How do you decorate your home for Easter? no
Do you make/buy special outfits for yourself and your kids on Easter? I try to dress "springy"
What is your favorite Easter dish? potatoes
When did you learn the truth about the Easter Bunny? the year after Mum died
Do you spend Easter at home, on vacation, or with family? with family
First one up on Easter morning? by default--I live by myself
Go to mass or church? no
What are your favorite Easter hymns and/or choir arrangements? nothing comes to mind
How many Easter egg hunts does your family usually participate in? none anymore
Do you make deviled eggs out of leftover Easter eggs? my sister did
Are you tired of eggs by the end of the Easter Season? nope
Are Peeps good or gross? gross--I don't like marshmallows
What company makes the best chocolate for Easter time? Reese's
Lots of candy or not? I'm trying to cut back
What is your favorite Easter candy? Reese's
Do you find plastic Easter grass hidden in places for months after Easter is over? no
What’s your favorite color for fake grass? green


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.