Author Archives: Joanne Toft

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!

Winter waiting

It is February. It is a short long month. We are in the depth of winter here in the upper midwest. The snow is still falling and the temperatures can be any where from 35 degrees to -35 degrees. One … Continue reading

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How did I do it all?

The March Challenge is creeping up on us! I have done this challenge for the last 9 years, for sure. The first few years I was working full time with kids, grading papers, making lesson plans, teaching and mentoring young … Continue reading

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A creative life

Over the years I have read books by authors or artists about their process, about their working style and sense of creativity in their life. I read them over and over hoping to be more creative myself. Currently I am … Continue reading

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Starting over

He looked at me with sad eyes. There was no smile when I came in the door from my morning walk. Where was that happy little man who greets me each day? I chatted with him – he babbled back, … Continue reading

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Making through Winter –

We are at mid January and I am on the count down to spring. I know it is too early when you live in Minnesota to be thinking of spring but I can’t help myself.  The snow is beautiful as … Continue reading

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One little word – 2020

Where to go with this idea of one little word is any ones guess this year! 2019 turned into a year of struggles and fears. We are still on that journey. Watching your child battle cancer is not for the … Continue reading

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End the year with a Smile

I thought this morning that today I needed to say something important or profound. It seems like a big deal the coming to the end of a decade. There have been many other decades in my life but they just … Continue reading

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