~Nancy ~ 11/365
"Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns."
Do you think the owner of this fence is a teacher?
And today's "new word" is...
~Nancy ~ 10/365
Today I drove out to the country to see whether the "Forgotten Harvest" had survived the "Polar Vortex".
The Midwest is known for growing strong and hardy people.
~Nancy ~ 9/365
Available for immediate temporary occupancy until owners return.
Squirrels need not apply.
~Nancy ~ 8/365
1 Jeep + 1 Case of Cabin Fever = A Trip to the Country
We helped pull one car out of snow drift and talked to several people shoveling out.
Our cabin was safe and warm, and both ponds were frozen.
I think I need to find my ice skates, next...
~Nancy ~ 7365
Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head.
There are so many unforgettable moments in teaching.
Every month my students were required to memorize part of a famous speech, historical document, or an excerpt from literature.
We would recite it together every day until they became fluent.
They were always very proud of their accomplishments.
The most challenging piece was assigned in May with the entire Gettysburg Address.
December's piece was short.
It's a short month in terms of student attendance.
This piece from "The Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was practiced and memorized.
I gave them very little background to its meaning and the story behind it.
At the same time, I made sure I read "The Christmas Carol" starting the first week of December.
It was hard work to capture all of the voices and to make it a story students could understand.
I usually finished the book the last day of school before dismissing for Christmas Break.
As I reached the conclusion of the story,
students would be sitting quietly listening as I began reading the part they had memorized.
They didn't expect it, but as I read the first words of their quote, they always sat up caught in the familiarity of the words. Without exception, they began to join in, one by one, until the whole class was reciting the story with me.
Goosebumps? You can count on it.
One year a volunteer mother was in the classroom and she clapped as we finished reciting the book together. She said it caught her completely off guard and she loved it.
Even though Christmas is over,
today's weather reminded me of this quote.
"Clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold"
~Nancy ~ 6/365
"I don't want to be a passenger sitting on the bench not doing much,
No walk for me today.
Out my back door and down the alley was as far as I dared travel.
There's not a soul on the streets...
~Nancy ~ 5/365
Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.
One lone stalk remains in this field.
I wonder how strong it will be against the predicted snow and wind...
~Nancy ~ 4/365
...Not even a mouse."
I know my walks are numbered and quite possibly will be halted during the coming week.
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...
...with wind chill values of -15 to -30 degrees?
I hear the wind outside as I post this.
It was a beautiful walk today.
Stay safe and warm.
~Nancy ~ 3/365
"Keep looking up!
it was a beautiful end to a beautiful day.
And it is possible to dress warm enough to enjoy the snowy prairie...
~Nancy ~ 2/365
This is my place for daily images that represent memories.
I will try to "focus" on the best each day.