Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


It’s Saturday.  Time to write about the good things in life and share at Ruth Ayres Writes.


Getting back to school. My snow wish came true, we had two snow days this week. Our Tuesday two-hour late became another day because our parking lot was treacherous (we don’t have to make it up as we were one of three schools in the same predicament).  It was a pleasure returning to school even if only for two days as Friday was part of the Presidents’ Day weekend. February is a wacky month with Presidents’ Day weekend and conference.  Throw in snow days, you wonder if you’ll ever get any teaching finished.


Co-workers who step in to help you out.  My partner with the  PRE-K story hour read the books for me this week due to an asthma flare-up  and loss of voice. Truly a gift for me to not have to read.


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The beginning of a three-day author visit with Susan Blackaby.  Her latest book, BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE WINTRY SURPRISE is the best.  Susan will be working with students on where ideas come from and how to elaborate and find the just right word during her time with us.


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I was invited to talk with students at another elementary school about my little haiku book,

SOLACE IN NATURE.  Plus some of the bought my book!


My online conversation with Diane Mayr about haiku and the haiga she shared for Poetry Friday.


How could i miss this?  CYBILS Winners announced and the fabulous Forest Had a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater was selected for poetry.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: A Haiga by Diane Mayr


Last Wednesday, Diane Mayr and I discussed haiku. Today, Diane is sharing a haiga, illustrated haiku. Diane is using a picture from the Library of Congress collection of Japanese prints created before 1915.


Plus today is the day the CYBILS are announced. You can find full results HERE.

Hearty congratulations to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for Forest Has a Song: Poems.
And thank you to a fabulous judging committee.
Linda Baie, Teacher Dance

Matt Esenwine, Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme

Renee La Tulippe, No Water River

Julie Larios, The Drift Record

Irene Latham, Live Your Poem
They read and discussed all the nominations to the fullest extent.

Poetry Friday is being held one of the esteemed poetry judges, Linda at Teacher Dance.

Finally, give a book to someone today. It’s International Book Give Away Way!

Happy Poetry.
Happy Friday.