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Slice of Life: Connections … #SOL17

We are walking on the beach, taking a break from writing.  Our conversation weaves between work, life, writing, and random thoughts.  A stream of shared consciousness that is both intense and relaxing.  We take a moment to sit and absorb the day’s last rays of sunshine.  We are lulled by the sounds of the waves.  Eyes close and faces turn toward the setting sun.

Look, Tammy points.

I open my eyes and see it.

Serendipity.  Thank you AKR

Amy’s book, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is a collection of her observations and reflections on the many ways we are all connected in this life.  We have been reading (and rereading) this book in the recent weeks.  Her thoughts on connection – all of us being connected – makes you wonder.  Do these types of connections always happen and we just miss them?  Her book, her life work really, is about connecting with life and those around you in your life.

On any other day before we read this book, we would have enjoyed the sunset and the rainbow.  It would have been beautiful.  It would have slowed us down.  It might not, however, have made us feel connected to the world around us.  Amy reflects on the “unsuspecting ripple-effect influence we have on one another” throughout this book – each of us impacting one another by our words, actions, and choices.

In a time when our world seems so disconnected, Amy has left us all with a gift – an invitation to slow down and notice the ways we are all connected.  She used a rainbow – a symbol of hope, peace and diversity – to connect us.  Look at the map of all the other people who saw a rainbow on the same day.  We experienced the same beautiful moment as all of those people.  Connecting with others around us, who also chose to slow down, snap a picture and connect.  It is a small, powerful idea – one that shows the potential of starting small and creating an unsuspecting ripple-effect on others.

What small things can we do?  How can we help our students see the power of the small things they do?  How can we help our students connect to the world around them?  How can we create schools where we teach our students to notice connections rather than divisions?

This rainbow caused us to act, to think, to write, to share…the beginning of a ripple effect.  If you don’t know Amy’s work, we share about it in this post.

Clare and Tammy

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    Madalyn Bush
    Posted at 11:43h, 04 April Reply

    Wow, this was very insightful and has made me want to see back and reflect! Loved this!

    http://mbushsliceoflife.edublogs.org

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    Stacey
    Posted at 12:09h, 04 April Reply

    It’s amazing how AKR touched so many people with her words.

    Just yesterday I took a walk here in HBG (not quite the beach you two were on!) and I slowed down and took things in I had never noticed before. Isn’t life better when we really stop and contemplate the world around us?

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 13:52h, 04 April Reply

    Such a wonderful reminder, Clare! I love observing the moon and often think about how many people are seeing the same thing all over the world. It’s a marvel!

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 15:53h, 04 April Reply

    Amy’s work will take us on new journeys I think. One thing that I thought of when you spoke of rainbow connections was when I did moon journaling with my students. For a month, they observed the sky at the same time each evening. We journaled and captured what we saw, and the beginning was simply sky and clouds, then that old reliable moon began to appear. But, while each of us was watching, we realized that we connected across the city, noting views that were both different, but connecting. Now I think of those everywhere who watch the moon, just like I do. Thanks for sharing your ideas, too.

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    Lynne Dorfman
    Posted at 16:27h, 04 April Reply

    I, too, am slowly reading Textbook by AKR and am amazed by her wisdom! I love the map showing all who viewed a rainbow on the same day. It reminds me of The Moon Was the Best, a picture book by Charlotte Zolotow. The mother recounts to her daughter all the amazing things she saw while in Paris. When her child asks what was the best, her mother replies that the moon was the best because she knew it was the same moon her daughter was also seeing at night.

    I am going to read Encyclopedia by AKR next. Sunday I walked in Longwood Gardens with friends and family. It is a great way to slow down and notice the beauty all around us and the incredible artistic skills that Mother Nature demonstrates daily. Thanks for this wonderful post, Clare!

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    Jennifer Laffin
    Posted at 17:00h, 04 April Reply

    I am not familiar with Amy’s book but it sounds like I would love it. Connection is SO important. It’s one of the reasons I love SOL.

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    Jennifer Laffin
    Posted at 17:00h, 04 April Reply

    I am not familiar with Amy’s book but it sounds like I would love it. Connection is SO important. It’s one of the reasons I love SOL.

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    Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 17:13h, 04 April Reply

    Clare, your graphic showing all the places where others saw “your” rainbow reminded me of “Our Town,” a play that many people make fun of today, but one that had a profound influence on me when I was in high school, The play really is about connections and the importance of noticing the people and places and things around you. Amy was so good at that and at prodding her readers to think about that connection we all have to one another.
    Do you remember the letter the postman delivered anyway (in Our Town) addressed to Grover’s Corners,New Hampshire, The USA, Continent of North America, Western Hemisphere, The Earth, The Universe, the “Mind of God” (I know I left out some of the address but the line points out that we are nothing without each other, without our connections.

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    teach.workout.love
    Posted at 21:01h, 04 April Reply

    so beautiful! thank you for sharing such a nice picture and post.

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    Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 22:29h, 04 April Reply

    Just a little extra time to linger. I do think we long for connections and when we miss them, they often come back around to us.

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    Katherine Sokolowski
    Posted at 23:21h, 04 April Reply

    Love this. I need to reread Textbook. I think it would take on a whole new meaning now.

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 01:36h, 05 April Reply

    I must add Connections book to my TBR pile. And I must check out the rainbow live feed. How cool is that!
    More importantly your post touched my soul. I often wonder how our angels see these phenomena.

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