Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Did you know?


 Did you know this book is the basis for the Broadway musical CATS?

 I am teaching T.S. Eliot to middle schoolers and high schoolers right now. 

The names and words tickle the tongue in the poems and are the lyrics for the musical!
 I am  so tickled by this knowledge!




If you ever find this cover, you have found a treasure:



Jellicle  Cats



                                             
                                                 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

dear women to me




                                    Very old photo of my oldest brother, my mom, my sister,
                                                    and my youngest brother                                                                               




My daughter in high school and she is now in college


Here she is about a month ago.


two daughter-in-laws and daughter 




first daughter-in-law with my oldest son


Before these two got married ... here they are outside Notre-Dame in Paris
newest daughter-in-law with my youngest son 




and the newest girl in the family!
Wish my mom was here to see her.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lent


It is wonderful to be in Lent, isn't it. 

Heading to this  on Saturday with the ladies from this.

These delectable ladies are staying at my house tomorrow night. 
( yea...)

"Perhaps this is one of the secrets of life--to know 'glory' when we see it." 
--Charlotte Mason


( from The Murmuring Cottage)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

working , working



- on teaching classes
- on reading for those classes
- grading for the classes 
- delightful work from my students 
- catching up on letter writing
- cleaning out  and remembering the word JOY
- thinking, it takes work
- time, working on what gets done first
- so thankful for technology in so many ways
- prayers 
- seeing Spring burst forth




Saturday, February 11, 2017

It snowed in NYC






   Emma and her roommates last Thursday. And this little peanut is almost 2 weeks old:




Sunday, January 29, 2017

ready for book club


I finished The Boys in the Boat today. I copied  many parts into my journal; now the book goes back to the library. I have the audio too. Ed Hermann who played Richard Gilmore in The Gilmore Girls reads it. I am only listening to parts just to hear him read. i loved how he loved his granddaughter Rory.  I loved the beginning of this audio book and the Prologue. 
You can listen : 



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

hello



I am back to teaching and reading and excited a granddaughter will be here in a month if she arrives on time. Maybe she will want to see the world and come early?  I  thought that with my first being born on Christmas Eve. He was due in January and came early.  He didn't want to miss Christmas! Maybe she will come Valentine's Day?! We shall see. Here are a few books I am reading:


for Book Club




Going to be teaching Frankenstein in Feb. so reading  this wonderful biography by a favorite author, an author we collect:   






I recently finished Walter Wangerin's new book on writing:




Teaching Langston Hughes to middle school age kids and it is my first time reading his work. 



They are memorizing the title poem:

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.