#IWSG Wednesday

The awesome co-hosts for the August 7 posting of the IWSG are Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

RULES: This group posts EVERY month.

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August 7 question — Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

I began a writing practice at the beginning of the year after rereading Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. It has given focus to my daily writing. When I begin writing every morning I use a prompt that is sent to me. The surprise is I never know where the writing will take me once I begin. I allow the words to flow, sometimes even if they do not make much sense. It always seems to loop back to a cohesive story which is also surprising. I have learned to listen to my intuition and allow all the literary input of all my poems, short stories and other readings to shape my prose within my own voice.

It is quite satisfying to reread an entry from a few weeks before and be pleased with the order of words that came out! Writers write. I cannot wait to see what surprises are in store for today!

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When is A Wheelbarrow Just a Wheelbarrow?

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My district is adopting a new literacy curriculum and today was the training. As a coach, I have to be able to support my teachers and help them navigate these new materials. I must say, there is a lot of buzz around this program. It is open source which means it is essentially free to use. The materials are high quality and student centered. There is dialogue and writing embedded in all the complex text.

The sample lesson from 4th grade was about poetry. I appreciate a training where we experience an actual lesson. One of the core texts is Sharon Creech’s Love that Dog. The main character in the story is supposed to write a poem and is having difficulty understanding The Red Wheelbarrow.

As a “class” we discussed what we thought the theme of the poem is. Many at the table were uncomfortable with the genre and wanted to be “right”.

“Poets are crazy,” uttered one teacher.

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Weekend Coffee Share

Join me for a conversation and a cup of coffee!

First, I will say I am so glad August is here and July is OVER. Thank you for meeting with me for coffee today. I have been looking forward to our time all week. I am a bit tired today, so let’s sit and lounge in the backyard under the trees. My energy levels have been low and I am hoping to get some pep back.

I am drinking my regular dark black coffee. What would you like in addition to ice water?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went back to work this week for 2.5 days. I was able to teach my Better Conversations class on Monday and it was so much fun! I watched people having life-giving conversation and get to know each other in a low-risk environment. The occasion was our literacy academy for grades 5–8 and it was an enlightening workshop.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I published some poems and short stories on Medium and they are doing well! There were many reads and highlights and it made me happy that people are enjoying them.

Clicking and reading the Medium link directly supports my writing! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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Every Friday I write for 5 minutes and then share.

Today’s word is: FIVE


Get ready…get set…GO!

We are never alone. The number 5 is significant but not as the number 10 for me. I like 10. It is nice and round. It is a double-digit. It rolls off your tongue.

Five is half. Five is kindergarten and one hand. It is the money you carry around in your wallet which makes you not quite broke.

My life has changed a lot over the last 5 years.

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8 Books I Always Recommend

I am always talking about books. As a former reading specialist and currently a coach, I am constantly referencing books and recommending titles to children and adults.

I often get asked for recommendations and have a few favorites I often suggest first.

A term I was introduced to the recently is:




the use of books as therapy in the treatment of mental or psychological disorders.

I use the definition of this word loosely since I am not a medical professional but do recognize certain issues that a particular book may assist with especially in the confines of a classroom. When conversations needed to happen I would pull a book to jump start the conversation. Sometimes it was about fighting with friends, different types of families, or being kind. Narrative texts help people become empathetic. As with many techniques early in my teaching career, I just knew it worked and kept doing it.

A pattern I have learned to recognize is books come into my life when I need them most. The one title that I read at the perfect time is The Alchemist. The advice and what I gleaned helped me keep my mind right. I always recommend this book to people who have not read it. Everyone gets something different from the tale but many morsels of advice ring true for me. Reading it was life-changing for my attitude and perception. There are so many ideas that strike me in this text.

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3-2-1 Creative Sparks

3 Things to Read

Article about wedding dress shopping

Short Story: ALICE

Self Care – a Different spin


Inside the Box by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg

…the majority of new, inventive, and successful products result from only five templates: subtraction, division, multiplication, task unification, and attribute dependency. These templates form the basis of the innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT).

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Making a book is a little like making a chair. Perhaps it ought to come with warnings, like the chair instructions. A folded piece of paper slipped into each copy, warning us: “Only for one person at a time.” “Do not use as a stool or a stepladder.” “Failure to follow these warnings can result in serious injury.”

1 Recipe to Try

I cannot recommend this recipe enough! Chicken Pot Pie

Weekend Coffee Share 28

Join me for a conversation and a cup of coffee!

I am so glad we are meeting for coffee today! I have been looking forward to chatting with you all week. I think we will walk and talk today. We can take the trail and walk among the trees.

My dark black coffee is what I am drinking today. What would you like? I will bring out the pitcher of ice water when we come back from our walk.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I ran 13 miles on Friday! I cannot tell you how long it has been since I ran that far in one session — because I cannot remember! It felt great. I have logged a decent amount of miles this week. When I ran 5 miles on Tuesday and took my youngest with me on his bike it felt like 5 was not long enough. Two months ago 5 miles was a long run! How far I have come.

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