Tag Archives: Inspiration

Nature is the Greatest Teacher for Children

Covid-19 has actually made teachers rethink how to best teach young children.  At school, we decided that spending more time outside is better for children.  We teachers all know the benefits of nature, yet the demands of what children need … Continue reading

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School, the End of Summer, and My Porch

Back to school is hard. I feel like the children do, apprehensive and unsure. Summer is ending. The crickets are telling me so. During this transition, the place that grounds me is my porch. On my porch, I’m still part … Continue reading

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The Day Before School… Ice Cream!

School starts tomorrow for teachers.  Today I drove out to a farm, in the country. It was a picture perfect day.  The farm is a dairy farm.  That means ice cream. New England + dairy farms = the best ice … Continue reading

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Ahead of His Time

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.” ~Fred Rogers~ Jennie

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The Green Mountain State – Vermont, Part 2

This sight brought on a huge smile. A big American flag against the backdrop of the Green Mountains. Life is good. Our destination was the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont.  There’s a back story here, which many of my longtime … Continue reading

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Morning at the Market

A giant field of gorgeous sunflowers and zinnias greeting customers as they arrive to shop for local produce. A delightful way to start the morning. Jennie

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The Green Mountain State – Vermont, Part 1

Yes, I know.  You want to be there, too. Hubby and I put the top down on the old sports car and drove to Vermont.  Winding back roads all the way.  The weather was glorious, big puffy clouds and a … Continue reading

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Becoming Inspired to Write

The days have been hot and humid, not the best for writing.  Today I had a huge dose of inspiration.  I played with E.B. White’s Underwood typewriter.  Really. I was so very careful.  Of course I didn’t hit a key. … Continue reading

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More at The Carle, the Art of Maira Kalman, and “Fireboat”

After visiting the Angels exhibition at the Eric Carle Museum, I viewed the art of Maira Kalman. I knew this dog, at least I thought I did.  While there was something familiar here, I had to admit I don’t really … Continue reading

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A New Exhibit, Eric Carle’s Art Comes Full Circle…and More

After months of having to close its doors to the public, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts has reopened.  I was thrilled.  The number of visitors and safety procedures were controlled, yet the experience was full … Continue reading

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