Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Spring Break in Paris is grand. There are many wonderful moments that are creating memories for a lifetime; playing bells Easter Sunday at the American Church, my daughter's thrill with seeing the Eiffel Tower from the first time through til the top, grand art, time with family, and more, but I have to say that tomorrow is much anticipated.
I am not seeing anything in Paris. I am taking a day trip, all by myself, to Brussels!
The all by myself part is the most exciting bit, though it may sound horrid. I have been looking forward to this day for months. I can not think of the last time I had an entire day without interacting with anyone I know and it to sounds divine.
So why Brussels? My husband nailed this one. I want to add another country to my list, my 61st - thus "Adventure 61".
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Another successful year of the March Slice of Life Challenge is now on the books! As I predicted, not traveling during the month makes it so much easier to slice each day, though there are still ‘those’ days.
Thank yous all around! Thank you for those that worked to make it happen. Thanks for those that commented on my blog. Thank you to all of you for your inspiring writing. This is truly an exceptional writing community, both in terms of talent and of camaraderie.
‘Til next Tuesday!
Monday, March 30, 2015
This month I have read lots of Slices from Two Writing Teachers’ Slice of Life Challenge. There are 30 days (so far) with well over two hundred posts a day. There’s some really inspiring writing. The other thing that is different in March, I read loads of stuff about the Iditarod (as I wrote about here). But I still managed to get some books read…
“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is a chance for book lovers to share their reading accomplishments as well as what is on the proverbial nightstand. She even does a giveaway. Subsequently Jen and Kellee atTeach Mentor Texts added an opportunity for those reading kidlit to join the fun. Since I read both I will post to both. Check them out, join the conversations, and discover more great books.
Books marked with an '*' I would put in my classroom library.
Books marked with a '#' would be in an middle or high school library.
Books marked with a ‘@’ would be good for adult book clubs.
* The Grand Mosque of Paris
by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Duraland DeSaix
# Feed by Matthew Tobin Anderson
@ Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Visible City by Tova Mirvis (audio)
Peacock and Other Poems by Valerie Worth
all the small poems and fourteen more by Valerie Worth
* Jerusalem Sky by Mark Podwal
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
(Disclaimer: I really should have abandoned this book as I never got into it and didn’t enjoy it, but I am stubborn and have a really hard time abandoning a book once I start.)
* Knots on a Counting Rope
by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
# Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (audio)