Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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Welcome to Saturday. It’s time to celebrate the week at Ruth Ayres Writes.

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The book fair. It supports our library and bringing an author to Silver Star. We had several events this week including “Donuts with Dads.”

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Patience. With all the rapid fire technology changes in our district being patient and letting go has been a focus this week. I now am the “go to” person for technology issues in the building AND I am being trained on the job. Sometime I have to stop and breathe.

THREE
Discovery. Yesterday I read a book about a Navajo family and the Codetalkers. I discovered that one of my students is part Navajo. So I was able to share some of my books with her from when I spent time on the Navajo Resevation in 1971.

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Volunteers. In order to have a successful book fair, volunteers are needed. There have been lots of great volunteers this week.

FIVE
This:

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What are you celebrating?

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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It’s Saturday and time to reflect on the week. Thanks to Ruth Ayres Writes for a place to share our celebration.

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Listening to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Little House in the Big Woods.. It’s been a long while since I read the books. I am reminded why I liked her books as a child. There’s so much in the simplicity of her writing that’s yet so descriptive. As I listen, I am thinking what a way for readers to learn about prairie life.

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Fall Leaves.

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Kindergarteners. I was explains that I hope I don't need to use my "cranky pants" voice. A kinder said, "You don't have a cranky pants voice, you are telling us how to take care of the books."

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I’m celebrating commitment. Last May, I applied to the Darcy Pattison Retreat this coming January. It’s getting time to share our manuscripts with my critique group. I need to finish the polishing and remember it IS a revision retreat. It’s a bit scary to know that in two months we will gather to revise and dig deep. Plus I now have a query letter and synopsis to write as well.

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Yesterday. Our school had their second annual PE/Music Dash. This year we had a Superheroes theme. And for the first time in many years we were allowed to be really festive. I went with my superheroes being spiders (Grandgirls call me Grandma Spider due to my love of spiders). No pics of my cape so instead I leave you with the following:

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What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: Autumn

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Poetry Friday is hosted at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. She always has something yummy at her site.

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Variations on a Theme

fallen maple leaf
the silence of morning
on the river bank

solitary leaf
swirls and twirls downward
maple beats rock

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

And don’t forget to nominate your favorite books for the CYBILS. Nominations are open until October 15.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About This Week

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It’s Saturday.  Time to celebrate the week with others at Ruth Ayres Writes.

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Students returned to school this week.  Everyone has the spirit and promise of a new year.  I love seeing that in not only the students but the parents and staff.

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Students love reading and they want to know you are a reader.

Two comments from students (one actually a sigh)…in answer the question of “what’s your favorite part of the library?” The answer was “I’m surrounded by books.”  

The other was a sigh when I answered the question to “did you read more than ten books this summer?” I said no ( I read nine both kid and adult books). I rechecked my list after class and discovered I actually read ten books. So I plan to share my list.

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Am reading Reading in the Wild by Donalynn Miller (was the PD online book for the summer which with shoulder surgery I missed). I. Love. It.  So needed this inspiration.

Als reading Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Incredible.

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Meeting with three other writers through Google Chat on my writing this week.  Such a great way to connect.

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Signs of fall sneaking in:

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What are you celebrating?