Monthly Archives: November 2014

It’s Monday! What are you reading? magical realism

If you are familiar with Hans Christian Anderson’s story of the Nightingale then you will feel its shadow in this book from Nikki Loftin called Nightingale’s Nest. It came out last February but I am just reading it now as the year … Continue reading

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It is focus that we find with aging

I have had the pleasure of following Marion Dane Bauer’s blog, Just Thinking, over the last year. If you are not following it you should – such wise words on writing, teaching and life. Her last two posts are reflections … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? -likes and dislikes

I have been filling my e-reader with books these days – some from the library and others from Net Galleys. It is a wonderful way to read but I must say there can be some ups and downs with new … Continue reading

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Stuck and moving forward

Sometimes it seems I need to be stuck to move forward. I have been in transition for about a year or so having left my classroom and seeking what I called refirement. Refirement is beginning again – firing up for … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? -diverse books

This year has been a year of discussing and seeking books with diversity. It started years ago and continues today. (#weneeddiversebooks) I was/am always looking for books that included and star children of color, especially African American children. The reason … Continue reading

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Open Spaces – Slice of Life

This week I have gone north to sit at the shore of Lake Superior. It is a time to be away, read and write. I have been so excited about this writing time. I told myself I will get so … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading – fiction

You know the on going discussion about reading children’s literature?  Well, I agree that books are books and we just need to be reading. We learn from reading widely. That said I realized I have been reading mainly middle grade … Continue reading

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