Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


As always, I am grateful to Ruth Ayres’ blog for providing a place to celebrate.



Author and story-teller, Dawn Prochovnic, came to our PreK Story Time.  She taught us sign language for the colors and shared her book, See the Colors.  We had a great time and I know the colors in sign language now.



Wednesday was my birthday.  Cupcake on the left was from a second grader who is my birthday twin.  The right cupcake is from PTA.  So very thoughtful! And delicious.



The Super Bowl and our School Spirit Day.  Friendly rivalry.  Brandi, on the left, is in New York to cheer the Seahawks to victory.  She’s soaking it all in.  Deb, on the right, secretly hopes that the Hawks win but she had to show here Bronco love.


Winner!  I retweeted a tweet of MrJohnShu. and minutes later I had won a signed copy of this book:

Flora and Ulysses

It arrived in the mail today!  Woohoo!


An email from another teacher librarian colleague asking me to do an author visit with her after school reading club with Solace in Nature, my photography and haiku book.  What an honor.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: At the Beach

My family and I are at the coast this week.  Opportunity to play with my new lens and write.

sparrow perched upon
evergreen branches leads the
way to the ocean

tillamook head stands
in the distance, clouds caress
surfer’s paradise

black beetles scurries
home with sand, a reminder
of a day at the beach

rain crystals adorn
lupine leaf
water peapods

Poetry Friday is held at  A Teaching Life.

Happy Reading.


Poetry Friday: Solace in Nature

 I am thrilled to announce a new book in the world. 

 Solace in Nature is a collection of twenty haiku inspired by twenty photos I have taken.  I find solace in nature and in writing.

A preview can be found HERE.

Some of these photos have been featured at Deowriter.  One was previously published in a members’ anthology for Haiku Society of America.  Two of the photos have made a top 100 photos list.

I  am not very scientific when it comes to my photography.  I may play with the aperture or the speed, however, the photos that I like always seem to happen through  grace.  It’s that photo at the right moment, a gracenote.

If you are new to haiku, you may find that some of the poems don’t follow the standard three lines, five-seven-five syllable pattern. There are many forms of haiku.

Solace in Nature can be purchased at:

Create Space Solace in Nature

Until midnight (EST) May 31, buy a copy from Create Space Solace in Nature and use the code JBX6PMDQ to receive 15% off.



Leave a comment or mention me in a tweet and your name will be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of Solace in Nature.  You have until next Thursday at midnight (EST) . I will announce the winner next Friday.

Poetry Friday is held at Write. Sketch. Repeat

Happy Reading.