Poetry Friday: Halloween Zeno

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So happy to say that Poetry Friday is being held at Teacher Dance.

The week I played with the Zeno form. You can read about the form HERE.

For Halloween:

Dark and windy Halloween night
Trick or treaters
Walking
Streets
Candy bags held
Open
Sweets
Steaming mugs of
Cider
Treats

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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Time to celebrate the week. More celebrations can be found at Ruth Ayres Writes.

ONE
New books for the library. This week I picked up the order for the Washington Readers’ Choice Picture Book Award nominations, the Sasquatch book nominations, and the Young Readers’ Choice nominations. Can’t wait to have them processed and shared with readers. Plus, I picked up the book, The Book Has No Pictures

TWO
The way my Zeno poem turned out for Poetry Friday. It made me smile.

THREE
Motivation. I was motivated yesterday by a co-worker to finish a grant I started.

FOUR
Making time to read. Now that school has returned and the regular television programs have returned, I want to make sure I read every night instead of vegging on mindless TV. I try not to watch new shows and honestly, none seem to be “must see tv.”

FIVE
Catching up. I signed up for this fabulous online class about Laura Ingalls Wilder, her relationship with her daughter, and her writing. I have become woefully behind but this week I got a lot of reading finished.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: Zeno Form

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Poetry Friday is hosted at Merely Day By Day. Thanks, Cathy.

Last night I read a zeno by by Carol Varsalona at Today’s Little Ditty.

It was invented by J. Patrick Lewis .
Here’s the challenge from him: I’d like to challenge your readers to write a “zeno,” which is a new verse form I invented. The zeno was inspired by the “hailstone sequence” in mathematics. I define a zeno as a 10-line poem with 8,4,2,1,4,2,1,4,2,1 syllables that rhyme abcdefdghd.

Driving to work yesterday was much like this:

First storm of autumn: drenching rain,
leaves tumble down.
Branches
sway.
Morning quiet,
darkness
stays.
Changing season
shortens
days.

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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Each Saturday people take the time to reflect on the week and then share at Ruth Ayres Writes. Here I am, once again a day late.  It’s been that kind of week with school and the home front and the need to sleep commanding my attention.  I missed my Tuesday post on Deowriter for SOLSC14. I missed Poetry Friday here as well.

But as I went to Ruth’s blog today and read her post on Personal Landmarks, I read words that reassured me that I am not alone.  There are times we all struggle. This statement reminds me of my capabilities: “I’m a writer who writes -15 minutes each day on her current story.”

So now to my celebrations of the week.

ONE

Family. They are there when you need them.  We had a week that the support and love of family was critical.

TWO

The CYBILS nominations of the Poetry books.  I think we have a great selection of Children and YA books to review and select finalists for January.  As the organizer, this has been one of the time commitments this week.

THREE

A co-worker and I engaged in a banter of Picasso quotes:

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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It’s Saturday and time to celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes.

ONE

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Celebrating the marriage of my “adopted” niece.

TWO
The annual district in-service day. The new deputy superintendent sat in our library media. As we move to a district with 1:1 devices, our roles are changing. And for the first time in a long time, I feel teacher librarians are being taken seriously.

THREE
Monday I met with my writing group. What I love about my group is the camaraderie and their feedback.

FOUR

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Family Library Night, the first one of the year. Bingo and Books is always well attended.

FIVE
Smaller kindergarten classes. This was the first week with the smaller classes. Now instead of twenty-five, each class has eighteen. It’s so much better. Even the students noticed the change.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: CYBILS Nominations Open

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Thanks for visiting. Thanks to Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect for stepping in and hosting today.
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It's Day Ten of the annual CYBILS nominating window for fabulous Children’s and YA books published from October 16, 2013-October 15, 2014. There are so many books and so little time as indicated by the nominations in all categories.

I noticed today that some poetry books have yet to be nominated. If you need an idea of what to nominate in poetry, here are some suggestions:

Cleary, Brian. Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems. Ill. by Andy Rowland.

Gittins, Chrissie. Stars in Jars: New and Collected Poems.

Swaim, Jessica. Classic Poetry for Dogs: Why Do I Chase Thee. Ill. by Chet Phillips.

Nominations are open until Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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Time to celebrate the week with Ruth Ayres and others.

ONE
The first PreK Storytime at school. We had five families and seven children. Such a great start for the year.

TWO

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The CYBILS nominations opened. The will be open until Ocotber15.

THREE
Providing a birthday lunch to a co-worker who pretty much has a treat every Monday for us to enjoy. She also brings in soup, etc throughout the year.
She was overwhelmed and surprised.

FOUR
Meeting friends from Seattle for drinks on Thursday. We talked writerly thing. Hadn’t seen them for six years.

FIVE
Crisp flatly mornings, the turning of leaves, and warm sunshine later in the day.

What are you celebrating?