Interested in birds? Then join the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from Feb. 13-16 this year. All you have to do is create an online account and count birds in your backyard – or anywhere - for at least 15 minutes.
Two different Arbor Days fall in February.
I just read “12 Months of Reading,” an article in the Wall Street Journal that is subtitled “We asked 50 of our friends — from Lena Dunham to Paul Ryan — to name their favorite books of 2014.”
It’s always rewarding to curl up with a cup of tea and reread about all the interesting people about whom I wrote over the past year.
As I sort through all the beautiful ribbons and trinkets that decorated my Christmas gifts, I think about how I used to recycle such treasures into art projects when I was a teacher. Actually, I recycled just about everything.
Slavs have made their mark on American History, and I think we deserve our own month.
Time was, being a published author was quite an accomplishment. But today, though I commend anyone who has the self discipline to sit down and string together tens of thousands of words, anyone with $400 to spare can get anything into print.
I wonder if maybe it would count for something if everyone just tried to believe in love?
As I thought about my favorite Christmas books, the most recent addition being a collection of essays titled “The Seasonal Heart” by award winning Georgia author George Heiring, I asked around to see if anyone in our school system would like to “share and tell” about a favorite Christmas book.
You may recall a few weeks ago I wrote about the missing Peace Pole in Dacula. In 2002, Girl Scout Troop 582 placed it next to the track to commemorate the first anniversary of 9/11. Then the railroad company demanded that it be moved, which it was. To a dark corner of a storehouse known as “the barn.”
Jonn Serrie began playing the piano at age six. That same year, he saw Sputnik in the sky. He thought its rhythmic beeping was a form of music. By age 11, he was the organist for his church and already well-grounded in traditional music. But when he entered the adult workforce, he switched tracks and demonstrated synthesizer technology for Electronic Music Laboratories, a manufacturing and research facility.
Last week a friend posted on Facebook a suggestion to keep a gratitude jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen during the year. Then on New Years Eve, empty it and see what all you had to be grateful for that year.
I’ve always liked reading about all the hard work and passion so many teachers put forth for their students. But for every teacher who wins an award, there are hundreds of “runners-up” who don’t always get the recognition they deserve. So, I asked my kids to share something about their favorite teachers.
Listening and living literature through song lyrics
When we chose to name our son Leif, we were just looking for a nice Norwegian name to reflect his paternal heritage. We didn’t name him after any great grandparents nor were we inspired by any particular historic figures or role models. We just liked the name.