Growing as a Writing

Day 31  #SOL 17  Year 1   Reaching the end of a very interesting month of writing, has led me to some axioms. Below of the principles that I hope to follow as I continue on my writing journey: Don’t become discouraged Continue to write even if you do not have a topic—a line a…

New Eyes

Day 30  #SOL17  Year 1   A short post:  Swing Time by Zadie Smith (highly recommend) would not leave my hands.   I must admit that I am more of a reader than a writer.   Developing an awareness is critical for a teacher and a writer.  As a teacher, we need to be aware of…

Day 29  #SOL17  Yr 1   “Wait for the moment when writing will come easy.  Don’t force.  It’s an acquired naturalness.” Donald Murray     But what happens when the idea or the instinct you have to write comes at you when you are driving?????? I am maneuvering past cars going south on the highway…

Reflections of #SOL17

Day 28  #SOL17  Year 1   With the Slice of Life Challenge drawing to its end, I take this time to reflect on what I have learned and how I will apply these lessons.   Writing is a means of expression that everyone is able to do, but at different levels as in every form…

Monday Motivators

Day 27  #SOL17  Year 1   Monday Motivators mo·ti·va·tor ˈmōdəˌvādər/ noun plural noun: motivators something that provides a reason or stimulus to do something. “fear is a powerful motivator” a person who promotes interest in or enthusiasm for something.     Many motivators have existed in my life.  Listed below are some I wish to…

Sunday Snippets

#Day 26  #SOL17  Year 1 Sunday Snippets are my way of sharing quick bits, ideas, or words of wisdom gained over my years of life.  Many people share sage advice and this really isn’t that at all.  Just ramblings which may spur thought or a smile. Treat yourself to three to four hours of bliss…

A Red Brick Wall

Day 25  #SOL17   Year 1   A red brick wall of a shirt factory is an important wall in my life.  I can picture it so clearly.  A two-story building on a side street with a step that leads to doorway on the left side that is an entrance/exit for employees.  It was just a…

Establishing Good Habits

Day 24    #SOL17  Year 1   I have decided to take a journey with some old friends, “the Donald’s”.  This is how some true friends of theirs actually referred to them at NCTE one year.  I read their works a long time ago as I was teaching in the classroom.  Now, I have decided to…

Magical Moments

Day 23    #SOL17 Our lives are filled with many magical moments.  They are treasured gifts that warm my heart when I am reminded of them.  The magic occurs as my senses are awakened  with the sounds, sights, tastes, scents or contact.  I relive the event and rejoice in who I became as a person, due…

Inviting them to the Feast

Day 22    #SOL17   After reading Fran McCrackin’s post on her page, pencilonmybackporch.com, I decided to share my blog with others.  Of course, it is in baby steps, but it is a step towards something. I decided to share my struggles and writing with my students. This is the annual week of pain (my descriptors),…

My Addiction (legal, of course, I’m a teacher)

Day 21  #SOL17   Hello!  My name is Chris and I am an addict. It all began about thirteen, fourteen years ago at a local coffeehouse that had just opened.  The place was large, dark, and had a certain appeal.  Well, let’s just say it was my type of place—tea and good music. A coffeehouse…

My Mother

Day 20    #SOL17 This is my first year slicing and am so grateful for twowritingteachers.com  Due to the community they have created I have found somewhere to land and write.   My Mother Her heart large and giving to those in need Her hands Arthritic and sore from the work she enjoys Her life A…