Bio Poem #SOL21

I haven’t used this form in a long while! Thank you to Elisa who reminded me of it today. You can read her poem here.


Passionate, curious, writer

Partner of Jon; mother of Sebastian, Grant, Leah, and Tommy.

Lover of life-giving conversation, books, my family and nature.

Who wonders if the gap will ever be closed.

Who fears heights and people seeing too much of her.

Who feels happy when she’s drinking coffee.

Who would like to live closer to the mountains.

Who has dedicated her life inspiring others to read and write.

Who dreams of writing retreats and writing something everyone reads.



What are you currently obsessed with?

Have you heard of a Personal Universe Deck?

My fellow blogger over at ARHtistic License posted about it.  It is my new obsession.

For a Personal Universe Deck you make a deck of 100 words that represents your past, present, and future. The rule is that you have to choose words that sound beautiful together. You include words that are represented by the 5 senses.

You can use them for your own writing sprints or poetry.

Today I share 4 of my words. I wrote a poem with them today.

What will you write?

Have you made a personal universe deck? Do you want to????

Here is a link with the rules!

All you need is 50 index cards. I would love to know if this idea appeals to you too! Let me know in the comments.

April Weekend Coffee Share

Can you believe it is April!? Thank you for joining me for coffee today. I am always glad when we can sit down to chat.

Thank you to Natalie for hosting the link party for all things Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my spring break was this week and it flew by. If I am honest, I am not looking forward to next week but feel like it is a “rip off the band-aid” moment. Once I am in the thick of it, it will be fine but the anticipation is not fun. I keep trying to reframe things unsuccessfully.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you April is all about poetry. I have been enjoying reading old favorites and new ones that show up in my inbox every day. Writing a poem every day has been a breath of fresh air too. Since I have been remembering more of my dreams they have been more of a part of the poetry that I write than ever before.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you a writing book that was recommended to me has been amazing: Writing Open the Mind. I have been doing the exercises and loving what pieces are coming out of them. It has become my new favorite writing book.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you we went camping this weekend to a favorite spot. It was great and I was able to hike in the sun and sit around the campfire.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I bought a new car this week. I pick it up on Monday.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I enjoyed the walks I was able to take this week during the day. I went in the late morning which was the perfect time. It was colder than I thought it would be this week though.


Thank you for joining me for a coffee today. I always love when we chat!

I would love to hear what you are working on and what you find inspiring.

Poetry Prompt Day 2

It’s Poetry Month! Day 2!

This is the poem I used as inspiration for my own poetry writing today.

“On Turning Ten” by Billy Collins

This is a poem I have used with countless students and adults over the years. There is the idea of imagination that I am always drawn to. What did you pretend to be when you were little? I always pretended to be a mermaid or a fairy. This can be a beginning for you.

What lines sparkle for you?

I wrote my own version in my notebook today.

I hope you enjoy reading this poem and/or writing in response to it.


I will tell you I am having issues with the transition back to a world of extroverts. People seem to be wanted to hit a delete or rewind button and have not reflected or learned from the last year. I will admit that the lock down was comfortable to me and it is closer to my ideal life than I knew before the shelter in place orders. I struggle now that the world is going back to “normal”.

My poetry class started last evening and it is an interesting group of people! The teacher is using The Daily Poet a book I have used often and was actually looking for on my kindle earlier yesterday.

I am eternally thankful that I have had the opportunity to take so many classes and workshops over the last year+ because so much is offered on Zoom now.

Do you have beloved poetry resources to share? I would enjoy seeing them in the comments!

Poetry Prompt Day 1

Welcome to Poetry Month!

This is the poem I used as inspiration for my own poetry writing today.

This poem made me think of Hermit Crab structures I use for flash fiction. This poem reads as a math problem and made me think of trains. I also put a line about trains in my own version in my notebook.

I hope you enjoy reading this poem and/or writing in response to it.

Who is Your Favorite Poet?

Welcome to Poetry Month!

I was introduced to Naomi Shihab Nye many years ago at a teacher writer conference. Laura Robb did a presentation I went to and she used the poem,”Secrets”. I still use this poem when I teach and read it often.

When I returned from the conference I found more poetry written by Nye. Here is one I use every year with students for annotation and quickwrites.

I am drawn to all the words that remind me of fire in this poem. I have written in response to this poem more times than I remember and something new always comes out of it.

I hope you enjoy reading this poem and/or writing in response to it.