Current Work, Life, Nature, Poetry, Uncategorized

Haiku Writing and Calligraphy Class

I have had the privilege these last few months of working with a student in his calligraphy class. I do most of the work right alongside him, just helping him keep things in order and stay focused. Our last assignment of the year is a project around Haikus, that ancient poetry form so often used… Continue reading Haiku Writing and Calligraphy Class

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March 8th Walk Out

I am sitting here trying to decide how to spend my day. There are expected to be tens of thousands of educators walking out today and every major public school district in the state of Oregon has closed school today (with the exception of Salem-Keizer which is closing early). There are, right now, people gathering… Continue reading March 8th Walk Out

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Meditative duck

Note: names have been changed to protect the innocent, but the story is honest.   Weekday mornings, when it is an A day, I often end up spending the first hour of my shift hunting for Christopher. Christopher does not like Algebra Fundamentals and I can't say that I blame him. He prefers to walk,… Continue reading Meditative duck

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Another Prompt and a Tribute to Grandpa Gilson

I joined a writing group last month. One just getting off the ground. It is small and mostly consists of older women around the age of my own parents. One lady, who grew up in Corbett, is old enough to have been friends with my grandma's younger sister and knew my great-grandfather, Dewey Carpenter. They… Continue reading Another Prompt and a Tribute to Grandpa Gilson