A Conversation – Overheard

-I thought you were all about the "big picture," the "meant to be," and the "everything happens for a reason." - I was.  But, it's different now.  I feel different now. - Why?  What's so different about now? - He hurt me more than I realized. - And, so now you think about it differently? … Continue reading A Conversation – Overheard

What if our love…

What if our love never went away? What if it's lost behind words we could never find? -Daughtry (What About Now) I really like the song "What About Now" by Daughtry.  Actually, the entire album, Daughtry, has songs with great lyrics.  They're so poetic and romantic.  I was in the car earlier today when this … Continue reading What if our love…

“Remember there’s no such thing…”

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams  Random Act of Kindness and Gratitude #5 - This act is something that my mother does, but I only recently learned about.  Many people clip coupons, but not all of us do.  There is … Continue reading “Remember there’s no such thing…”

Teaching the Personal Narrative

In the beginning of the school year, we always begin with teaching the students to write about their own lives.  (They are the experts, after all!)  I have taught units before where students write a small vignette (which I always feel is similar to a prose poem – and actually kind of difficult for middle … Continue reading Teaching the Personal Narrative

“Feeling gratitude…”

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”   – William Arthur Ward Being grateful for what is good about our lives is an important thing we can each do for ourselves.  It helps makes anything that is not-so-good-at-the-moment easier to deal with, and keeps us in a … Continue reading “Feeling gratitude…”

1,000 Word Pledge Update – Day 6 and Challenge!

I have to say that this has been a really good decision on my part to listen to the advice of others!  (Pat on the back for me.)   And, I would like to extend the challenge of the 1,000 Word Pledge to anyone else who wants to finish something that they are working on. … Continue reading 1,000 Word Pledge Update – Day 6 and Challenge!

“Happiness comes when…”

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” -Teachings of Buddha I really like this quote because it does seem to capture the fundamental quality of what  “happiness” is.  It also reminds me of how essential balance is for true happiness.  We need to be mindful of what is … Continue reading “Happiness comes when…”

1,000 Word Pledge Update -Day 4

Today is a "work day" so it is a good test of my commitment to the pledge...and I passed the test! After working all day, I wrote 262 words for the thesis, 735 words for the novel and 315 words for miscellaneous projects (not including lesson plans or blog posts) for a grand total of … Continue reading 1,000 Word Pledge Update -Day 4

Let me count the ways…

adoration, affection, appreciation, ardor, attachment, besottedness, bliss, care, cheerfulness, compassion, concern, contentment, delight, desire, devotion, doting, ecstasy, elation, endearment, enchantment, euphoria, exhilaration, felicity, fondness, friendship, glee, happiness, idolization, intimacy, joy, jubilation, keenness, lightheartedness, love, merriment, passion, penchant, predilection, rapture, regard, satisfaction, tenderness, triumph, warmth, worship... ~Melissa 🙂