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    Yesterday’s spark

    Yesterday’s spark

      There are moments in the life of the teacher when an assignment hits a different note with your student and the ordinary becomes magical. A spark is lit and bursts into flame. During a routine writing assignment yesterday, I read the poem “The Brook” by Tennyson to 8-year-old Satchmo. We read a fair amount of […]

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  • 400 years old and still relevant

    400 years old and still relevant

    It’s National Poetry Day, and in honor of the day and apropos of current events, this poem seems fitting: No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well […]

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  • The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men gang aft agley

    The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men gang aft agley

    I’m a planner. I like to have a strategy and a backup plan, and alternatives for my backup plans. I spent all Saturday planning and reworking the plan for the upcoming school week. And I. Was. Ready. But, well, you know the saying: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Which […]

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  • A poem for the busy

    A poem for the busy

    The hectic pace of spring, the particularly busy Sundays trying to get all my ducks in a row for the week ahead, curve balls thrown and plans disrupted. I long for a moment of peace. I’m not alone in wanting to slow down or even in escaping — if only in my mind — to […]

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