#FMF Remedy

Every Friday I set the timer and write with the one word prompt from Five Minute Friday.

The remedy for lots of ailments is the same thing.

I think about loneliness and creativity and the remedy for these. The smell of lilacs comes to mind. The fragrance and the blooms drip from the branches in my Oma’s garden of no more.

People are a medicine I need but often avoid. Community must be carefully curated. It needs to be energizing, not draining but always seems a fine line to me.

This week I cancelled everything in the evenings. A remedy of sorts. It was a delicious break but not as fueling as I would have suspected it would be. There was no pressure to get home or for anything to get done before I had to be on Zoom. I didn’t even take the computer out of my bag this week.

I felt off. I woke up Wednesday frustrated and the day went downhill and then back up again. I didn’t have my intellectual conversation I have become accustomed to Tuesday night. Maybe that was why.

Tuesdays seem like Fridays because of the new teaching schedule and then the rest of the week is just confusing. There is no remedy for the confusion of late it seems.

What Makes Your Heart Beat Faster? #sol21

What makes you heart beat faster?

Being at school,

The Hello song pulling everyone from their seats to dance,

The whisper of, “Can I hug you when we get back to the room?”

Good news on the writing front,

A vision coming true I hadn’t even IMAGINED 2 years ago,

The rejection email for the poems sent last week,

The snow falling on my walk,

Seeing the new baby horse,

The sight of the first spot being open – “My spot”,

A message from a friend,

An encouraging workshop,

A new person to learn from,

The hug and kiss greeting from my husband,

The gratitude for the life I have created here.

What makes your heart beat faster today?

Poetry Month #Day8

I submitted two poems last night. It seemed only fitting after I held the SEND IT OUT section of the Unpublished to Published course I teach through my Patreon.

Today I am using the #verselove post as inspiration. You can read the post here.

The mentor poem used is Nazim Hikmet’s poem, “Things I Didn’t Know I Loved,” which can be found here: https://poets.org/poem/things-i-didnt-know-i-loved

The phrase, “I didn’t know I loved…” resonated with me this morning. There is also a mention of paper lanterns in the poem which struck me this morning.

I often like to use multiple prompts in one writing just to see what happens. Other prompts I am using today are a business card and exposed wood beams in a structure.

We will see what happens!

I had never seen this poem before but really like it. What do you think?

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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.

Tammy.

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.

Breitweiser

Wednesday:What Am I Reading? #sol21 #day17

Wednesdays are all about reading!

One of the ways I became a better writer was to use Ray Bradbury’s advice of reading a poem, a short story, and an essay every day for 1,000 nights.

I did this practice daily for a long while but not revisit and share it with others.

For St Patrick’s Day today I thought I would share some favorites for you to read!

General things you can do with the text:

  1. Just read.
  2. Write down lines that you are drawn to.
  3. Write out a whole section word for word to get the feel of the author’s words.
  4. Write and start with the sentence stem: This piece reminds me of…
  5. Read the piece out loud to hear the author’s voice and rhythm.

Poem: Metaphors by Sylvia Plath

https://shenandoahliterary.org/blog/2012/01/metaphors-by-sylvia-plath/

This poem was brought to my attention on Sunday by my friend at https://jumpofffindwings.wordpress.com/

The imagery is odd and delightful. It is playful as I read it and one I will use to inspire my own writing

Short Story: Meeting Someone Once for Five Seconds

I love the structure of this piece and it can be easily imitated. It is a story that stays with you and has you looking at the people you see around you in a different way.

[Bonus rec: My piece is published in this same publication. If you would like to read it you can click HERE. *Explicit]

Essay: We Didn’t Have a Chance to Say Goodbye by Sabrina Orah Mark

How do you feel about vanishing things?

Sabrina is a poet who also writes essays for the Paris Review about fairytale-esque topics. I love her work and hope you enjoy this essay. It reminds of things that we lose and cannot find and how that connects to fairy tales…or not depending on your perspective.

What are your favorite recommendations in these categories?

Writing Prompts #sol21 #day13

Saturday!

A day to breathe.

I write every morning. My writing routine is established and has been for a while. I have always written but didn’t take it “seriously” until about 4 years ago. Over the years my process has evolved and I have experimented but one thing remains the same:

I LOVE PROMPTS!

I signed up to receive Sarah Selecky’s daily writing prompts in my email. I write to it in my freewrite after I first wake up. I love that time between dream and awake for writing. I am fresher in the morning. I do have friends that have this sparkle time at night.

Are you a morning writer or an evening writer?

Some prompts resonate with me more than others of course. I often write my own prompts for myself. As a teacher of writing, it is hard for me to read a book and NOT write a prompt to go with it. Even for young students I believe there should always be a connection for reading and writing.

This past week my class read Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack. It is a story about being who you are; who you are designed to be. The title made a perfect prompt. One group wrote about 3 Boxes and a Brain. The other group wrote about 3 Tony Birds and a Lambs. In my PUSH groups I bring prompts and I am always amazed at how different the stories are from the same simple beginning.

Sometimes the prompts resonate more than others of course. Today’s prompt is to write about a character named BUZZ. My kindergarten teacher mind goes to a story about a bird that is an astronaut! I don’t want to write that though. Yesterday’s prompt was about writing a story with the viewpoint from above.

My dreams are often writing prompts for me as well.

Today I will share one of my favorites with you. Write this word at the top of a fresh page in your notebook see what comes up. Set the timer for 10 minutes and just let whatever comes to mind flow onto the paper.

If you love prompts too, you’ll love my challenge! See details below.

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Friday:Writing and Dreams #sol21 #day12

Fridays are all about writing! Today it is also about dreams.

Well, for me, every day is about writing but this is when I am posting about it!

Do you remember what you dream?

I have been trying to remember my dreams. Sometimes they are super vivid but many times they elude me. They leave me with a feeling and then they fade like smoke as soon as I get out of bed.

As I have been writing them down I notice there are patterns. One that seems to be prevalent is that everywhere I go is crowded. So crowded I cannot get through or I do with great difficulty. I am not sure if my subconscious is trying to tell me that is my life or my mind!

This week I dreamt of a hot air balloon but I thought it was just about the movie I had watched the night before but the image stayed with me all day. I kept trying to associate what hot air balloons represented to me outside of the movie image. Many themes of freedom and escape come up for me it seems!

My students have been sharing about their dreams lately too. To hear a 5 year old explain their dreams can be humorous. I love that kindergartners tend to not have much of a filter. At least I know I will get an honest answer!

What do you dream about?

Thank you for reading and responding!

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Thursday:Questions #sol21 #day11

Thursdays are all about questions!

I love a good question.

Today’s Question: If you have a magic door, what would it open up to?

The variety of answers today ranged realistic to fantastic. There were answers of the beach and summertime. The zoo and swimming pools. There was one student who wanted to see a number five block with arms and legs. [I feel like this is from a game and I am not aware or something! LOL]

Transformers were behind one door and castles with unicorns.

One of my students is obsessed with gum and candy in general so it was no surprise when he answered gum. But then when I was stretching out words with other students he said he was going to look back in his journal because he knew he had written the word in there and he was going to find it.

I saw him flip to a page and say, “That was some good magic there, ” as he admired his work from past writing session.

The magic for me today was the delight of the writing today and my student’s faces. Magic was at the library when I laughed with people I didn’t know for just a minute.

Magic is everywhere.

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I love the 10 minute time frame and have changed my writing routine using it.

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Wednesday:What Am I Reading? #sol21 #day10

Wednesdays are all about reading!

This week in my classroom we have read Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack. We have read sight word books with “and”. We read The Hungry Little Caterpillar.

I have read a lot of blog posts!

Part of the reason I love this challenge is because of the teachers I get to visit with all month! There is a familiarity that I enjoy. I also am an input monster so learning about how others do things always intrigues me.

Here are links to some of my favorite blogs from the challenge.

Slice of Lisa I have worked with Lisa for several years and I love when she slices! She is one of the busiest coaches I know who is always striving to teach about equity and literacy. She is a ball of energy!

Ms. Chiubooka Writes I always enjoy the writing every March from this blogger. There is something about the way she puts together a sentence!

The drigibile plum This blog always makes me think about something from a different angle…or makes me laugh. We have “stolen” structures from each other for years.

Persistence and Pedagogy This blog is always honest. Amanda has a way of talking about the hard things in such a wonderful way and always has a story from her family or school to illustrate her point. She is always a joy to read.

The Apples in my Orchard My neighbor in Wisconsin! I love her words and thoughts!

Jump off; Find Wings Love her Kurt V quote where the title comes from! i always learn something from this blog! I love reading it.

There are SO many blogs I read daily – esp in March! This is just a sample…

Happy Reading and Learning!

What are you and your class reading ?

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Sign up here!

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I love the 10 minute time frame and have changed my writing routine using it.

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