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I admit it.  For years I  played a “cocktail party” (could also be a baseball field or school fundraiser or spouse’s work event) game.  Whenever I am in a situation of meeting a lot of people for the first time and small talk is in...

Every year it is the same.  I convince myself I shouldn’t do it.  I list all the reasons it is not a good choice.  All the reasons I don’t have time.  All the things I should be doing instead.  And then it is March 1. I am pulled. ...

Dishes of M&Ms, licorice, and Starbursts.  Bowls of popcorn, Doritos, and Pringles.  Pillows and blankets gathered on the couch and the floor.  A fire roaring.  Homework finished early that day.  Pajamas on after dinner, lunches packed, and breakfast ready to go.  I still feel the...

It is 8:19 pm on Tuesday.  My to-do list is long.  The laundry pile is deep. The refrigerator is empty.  Friends are arriving in twenty-five minutes. Just skip this week. You can’t skip this week. One week is okay. No, it is not. There is break in my inner dialogue.  I realize I have...

All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold and Susanne Kaufman This poem in picture book format is about diversity and inclusion and can help you launch conversations about classroom community.   We love the ending,   All are welcome here. You have a place here. You have space here. Don’t forget to “undress the book,”...

Create was the best word for 2018.  I created a book in March.  I created a new relationship with my son as he left for college.  I helped teachers create bookrooms and classroom libraries.  I created a neighborhood garden.  I created a new website, a...