Happy Holidays!

A little poem inspired by a tradition in our family. Peace!


Welcome to the danger round,  
where everyone's a winner.

The key is clearing the prize table,
before we get to dinner.

With four cards drawn and the call card filling
there's no chance you will not win.

Unless you aren't paying attention,
lets let the fun begin!

The BINGO master pulls the ball,
the players place a chip.

No chance we'll make it through a round,
without laughter and a quip.

With each ball pulled the pressure rises,
who will the first BINGO be?

It might be me if 21 'I',
or my cousin if 13 'B'.

and the cards continue to fill.

Poor Aunt June continues on,
showing great strength of will.

The game winds down
and the desserts come out.

Bringing us back
to what today's about.

Having fun together
makes the time move by so fast.

The games may change, the location too
but the love will forever last.

BIOLOGY- A Love Poem

Last week I posted about finally finishing my children’s book “Have you seen my charger?” . This week I would like to share a little poem from my Nana.

Betty Gaskell (Fluegge) was my Nana. My maternal grandmother and I miss her dearly. Nana had many gifts, but did not always show them off. I am not sure if this was humility or a lack of confidence, but I do know she was a far better artist and poet than I would have known. Had I not overseen her drawing later in her life at a 4th of July celebration, or had my mom stumble across this poem after her passing I am not sure some of her skill would have ever been shared. Maybe she wanted to stay private, but I think it is too good not to share.

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‘Bull’ An Unexpected Literary Treat

For those who know me you might be able to envision my reaction when I read the opening line from David Elliot’s book, Bull. Sorry Mom, I am just quoting here.

”Whaddup, bitches?”

I literally set the book down.

But like a curious cat the intrigue of why a book would start in this way got the best of me so I reread the preface and started again.

I quickly understood this would be a unique read for me. I seem to stay in the non-fiction genre most of the time and this verse-novel version of the Minotaur tale from Greek mythology piqued my interest early.

With some thematic elements and some literary imagery fit for HBO the story reads quickly and presents the epic in an engaging way. Each of the seven characters communicates through their own poetic form. Another bonus in my mind is given the short stanzas of poetry, the story reads quickly. Continue reading

Self Discovery

This past school year I started posting a weekly Quote of the Week to accompany a Video of the Week. The goal being to start each week with some thought provoking material for students to ponder. Ideas which had very little to do with content and very much to do with self discovery. Most weeks I matched the quote with the content of the video, but sometimes mixed up topics for extra connections/conversation.

If this sounds interesting, I made a “40 Week Deep Thinking” document. Currently, all videos work but they are mostly YouTube links and have broken in the past.

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