I've just got to share the good stuff I read.

I love to read. I read every chance I get. If I read something really good, I want to share it with my friends and co-workers. I make copies of magazine articles, read aloud to my students, tell others about good books I'm reading, and keep a book with me at all times.

I love teaching and learning new things. I need a place to share some of the lessons and what my students and I learn. Since my teaching situation is different from everyone else's in my school, I would like to tell all of you in the blog-o-sphere about these great lessons.

Feel free to share what you are reading, teaching and learning with us in the comments.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Middle School Good Reads

I recently finished three middle school books. Two came from a book club order and the other was given away at a literacy conference.
If you have a reader, looking for something to read this summer, I recommend all three.


The Gauntlet is great for kids who like puzzles and smart girls.
The main character is Bangladeshi and has an irritating younger brother.
By mistake they get pulled into a board game. If they lose the game, they have to stay forever.


Alien Invasion is the first of a series called Level Up. The main character is a typical gamer.
He is trying out a new video game. The catch is he will stay in the game if he loses 3 times.
Very short book. Good for kids who don't like to read. It hooks the reader into wanting to read more.


The Thing About Leftovers is not all about food, even though the main character likes to cook.
She feels like a leftover when her parents divorce and start new families. Her aunt encourages her to enter The Southern Living cooking contest. Set in Kentucky, the characters attend church regularly, something I haven't read about in a kid's book in ages.

So that's about it for what I'm reading.
School is out tomorrow.
Oh, the reading to come.



Friday, May 11, 2018

Diversity Reading & Garden Photos

I just finished reading a great middle school book called The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi.
It reminded me of the story Jumani but with a smart Bangladeshi girl as the main character.
Don't have a photo of the cover but I recommend it to readers who like suspense and puzzles.

In other news, here are some random photos of our garden.

We have squash. We have eaten the first few-just enough for the two of us.

Flowers are blooming.
Amaryllis above.
Hibiscus below.


How does your garden grow?

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Remembering Childhood Summers

Once again I posted on the other blog something I wanted to share here.

Please check out my summer memories here.

While you are here, enjoy this photo of our youngest pianist - Baby Ava.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

It's blooming around here

The first day of spring was last week and plants are blooming around our yard.
While Em and the boys are skiing in New Hampshire, we are enjoying a windy March.

Yes, these aren't blooming yet. Dahlias are budding. We are happy they returned.

The hawthorn is showing off. Bees are buzzing. 

Close up of the hawthorn. The flowers almost make up for the wicked thorns.

After several years not blooming, these azaleas popped.

This is my favorite color.

The leaves are so dark. The flowers are barely visible.

The pansies are another favorite.
I took these so I can remember the flowers and to avoid working on a presentation.
This afternoon I will make myself buckle down and finish my work.
Still reading the Maisie books.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February Redbud Sightings

Thursday, February 22, I saw my first Redbud tree blooming as I drove out to Flora.
I have posted before about how much I love these trees when they bloom.


Other things are blooming, too. This is a spirea shrub at mom's house.


And what would this time of year be without jonquils or daffodils?
Mom has so many and she loves to share.
I hope to have this many at my house one day.


I'm still reading Maisie detective books as I shared in my last post.
I bought the one that our library is missing. It was less than three dollars plus shipping.
I was surprised to learn it was a surplus library book from a military base. Just like new.
Wonder if my library would accept it to replace the one that's lost?

What blooming things are you seeing? 
What are you reading?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Reading Obsession

I am obsessed with the Maisie Dobbs series.


Mr. M bought this book to read and when he finished I read it.
Then I went to the public library and checked out the next in the series.

The book begins before World War I and continues into the 1920's.
The author has based it on some of her family stories and research into
the days after the war and how it affected people in England.

Maisie helps people get their lives sorted out. She doesn't close a case until
all the parties come to an agreement. It is very holistic in helping people heal mind and body.

The local library doesn't have one of the books - lost forever I guess. So, I had to buy it.
That is the obsession part. I am reading the books so quickly that I don't want to miss any.
I did buy it used, so that's okay.

What are you reading? Obsessing?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Red for January

I wanted to participate in the 2018 Color Challenge so I made these two red squares. Both are six inch squares. The block on the left is a simple windmill or plus. The block on the right was designed by Jen the challenge host.


I'm going to link up with the challenge. Can't wait to see all the entries.