Resolutions for 2011- A Found Poem

”This year,

mend a quarrel.

Seek out a forgotten friend.

Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.

Write a letter.

Give a soft answer.

Manifest loyalty in word and deed.

Keep a promise.

Forego a grudge.

Forgive an enemy.


Try to understand.

Examine your demands on others.

Think first of someone else.

Be kind.

Be gentle.

Laugh a little more.

Express your gratitude.

Welcome a stranger.

Gladden the heart of a child.

Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

Speak your love and then speak it again.

Howard Hunter


Happy Almost New Year 2011!

It's bitter cold, two degrees last time I checked, in Colorado tonight. Usually the boys and I, along with a few random friends, head downtown for fireworks at 9, then come home and drink sparkling cider while we watch the ball drop in Times Square. It's too cold to venture out tonight, (especially with high school guys who are too "cool" to wear anything heavier than a hoodie), so we are going to have a quiet night at home. A perfect night for compiling the Poetry Friday Roundup.

First, join me in a great big ol' Poetry Friday Welcome to Pentimento, who is making her first Poetry Friday post with Paul Hostovsky's "Be Mine." So glad you joined us today-- please come back again soon.

Lots of poets sharing their original work today…
  • Jeannine Atkins, author of CYBILS POETRY nominee, BORROWED NAMES: POEMS ABOUT LAURA INGALLS WILDER, MADAM C.J. WALKER, MARIE CURIE, AND THEIR DAUGHTERS, shares a little of her poetic process. A fascinating metaphor…
  • Draw your chair up to the fire at the Poem Farm, and enjoy Amy's last original poem about poetry for 2010. She says there will be a new theme in 2011, I can't wait to see what that will be. Amy also shares a special poetry calendar project by fourth grade teacher Theresa Anello from the Gates Chili Central School district.
  • Charles Ghigna is rolling in metaphors this week. At Bald-Ego blog he posts an absolutely perfect metaphor, "The Poem as Priest." And then a more light-hearted, and very clever play on words in "What's a Meadow For?" at the Father Goose Blog.
  • At A Year of Reading, Mary Lee gives us, "Blink," an important reminder about the passage of time, as well as one of her beautiful photography mosaics.
  • Elaine Magliaro shares three original poems this week. Two, "A Poem For New Year's Day" and an acrostic are at Blue Rose Reader. The third, "Early Snow," took me back to my own childhood experiences, "swooshing through a whipped cream world." Such gorgeous images, Elaine!
  • Blythe Woolston, whose novel, THE FREAK OBSERVER, has been nominated for a 2011 William C. Morris award, brings "Lost Worlds: The Emigrants," a haunting memorial from a shipwreck.
  • Sally (Castle in the Sea) shares two original cold morning poems (which could have also been included in the New Year's section but I wanted to be sure that Sally got credit for writing poems!)
  • Theresa introduces us to an original genre, "The Refrigerator Poem."

Also many individual poems…
  • Melissa at Here in the Bonny Glen gives us two oldies but goodies, "Tell All the Truth" by Emily Dickenson and "Wild Rose" by Wendel Berry. I hink my favorite part of her post is the photograph of a beautiful tow-headed girlie sound asleep on her reading daddy's chest.
  • Folks at Dori's house are ending 2010 with colds, so Ogden Nash's "Common Cold" is perfect. Hope everyone returns to good health quickly, Dori.
  • One of the things I love about Poetry Friday is that I regularly find poets that are new to me. Felt that way today when I read "Carols" by Anne Porter at Karen Edmisten's blog. I want to go find more poems by Anne Porter.
  • Tara got to hear Sharon Olds read "The Race" live on Christmas Day. This poem made me cry.
  • Heidi Mordhorst thinks that perhaps she is the only person who hadn't heard of Howard Moss, poetry editor of The New Yorker magazine, for 40 years. Don't worry, Heidi, you aren't, I never heard of him either. She describes Moss' "The Persistence of Song," as a "precurso" to Marilyn Singer's reversos.
  • From The Drift Record, Julie Larios brings a gorgeous photograph and one last moon poem, "Moonrise," by Hilda Doolittle, and also a quatrain wish for the New Year.
  • Tabatha Yeatts shares, "The Sage" by Silvi Alcivar. Listen to the last line, "his years are all the air he will ever need" and then head over to read the rest of the poem and look at the beautiful line drawing that accompanies it.
  • The last poem in so far anyway, was a love poem, contributed by Kort and it's well, it's just really lovely.
A couple of book reviews…
  • Karen Terlecky brings us DARK EMPEROR OF THE NIGHT. Karen and her blogging partner, Bill, have been doing a series on possible Newbery contenders. When I read the review of this book, which Karen describes as "nonfiction, picture book, and poetry," I emailed and asked her if we could include it in today's Poetry Friday. If you are interested in children's literature, stay awhile and read about some of the other Newbery possibilities.
  • Charlotte reviews, THE ZOG, a picture book in verse. Zog is an accident prone dragon who must continually be rescued by Princess Pearl.
And some special New Year's Eve poetry…
  • Diane Mayr says, "Akemishite Omedetou Gozaimasu," which is roughly equivalent to "Happy New Year" in Japanese. This is the second year Diane has participated in a nengajyou, a New Year's card exchange, with other haiku poets. Today, at Random Noodling, she shares a haiku card with a picture of her grand-bunny (2010 was the Year of the Rabbit). At Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet, Diana gifts us with a New Year's poem, "The Wish," by Eleanor Farjeon; and at Kurious K's Kwotes, she shares a Farjeon quote.
  • At The Write Sisters, Barbara, another early morning post-er, shares some poetic predictions by Mother Shipton. It's amazing how accurate this fifteenth century prophetess managed to be!
  • At Miss Rumphius Effect, Tricia shares William Blake's "Auguries of Innocence." You might recognize the first stanza, "To see a world in a grain of sand…" but listen to this, "Joy and woe are woven fine/ a clothing for the soul divine/Under every grief and pine, runs a joy with silken twine…"
  • Several blogging friends ringing in the New Year with bell poems. Jone (also known as the fearless leader of the CYBILS nonfiction picture book team, of which I am also a member) gave us Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ring Out Wild Bells." Laura Shovan shares written and oral renditions of Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Bells."
  • Hannah gives us still another end of the year classic, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Day is Done."
  • I'll end with Ruth's beautiful reflection on Apollonaire's, "Mirabeau Bridge. Ruth, as those of you who visit Poetry Friday often may already know, is an eighth grade teacher in Haiti. "I love Apollinaire's reminder that, though the days don't come back, joy comes back again after sorrow. I learned that this year, among many other lessons. And the joy that came back was greater than the joy I had before, because joy tinged with sorrow is an awareness of what life is, how beautiful it is and how fleeting. 2011, I fear you, and yet I reach out to you, too, knowing that God will be with me."
Wishing you a healthy, joyous, and blessed New Year!

Happy new year and a disney theme new years party

Well can you believe 2011 is almost upon us,what a year ive had i can tell you!!!!! I cant wait for it to be over to be honest.

But anyway on a brighter note we are going to a disney themed new years party tonight with the children, even though we are all a little under the weather we have gone to a lot of trouble so we are going to attend and see how we go,

  • Hubby is mr incredible as thats our eldest alex's fave movie
  • Im a over weight snow white
  • alex (5 tomorrow) is peter pan
  • kyle who is 21 months is mr potato head toy story

I'll post some pics if i remember to take any lol.

Hope everyone has a great evening whatever you choose to do




I'm honored to host the last Poetry Friday of 2010!

Today, I want to make you aware of a brand new and very special poetry book, THE WORLD IS MADE OF THOUGHTS, featuring over two hundred poems written by the children of the Denver Public Schools during the 2009-2010 school year. Poems in the book are organized by themes- home and family, school, friends, places we love wind and sky, loss, life and summer.

THE WORLD IS MADE OF THOUGHTS is a labor of love by Steve Replogle, a fourth grade teacher who devotes an incredible amount of time to soliciting poems, working with high school editors to select the poems that will be included, sorting the poems by theme, gathering artwork, and arranging for publication. This year, the book is dedicated to Debbie Milner, a literacy coordinator, hero for teachers and children, and dear friend of mine, who recently retired after more than 20 years in DPS. Here are a few sample poems:

I wish
I was a butterfly
to fly and go
to Mexico.

Karla- Kindergarten

Nothing is a picture without a frame.
Nothing is me without a friend.
Nothing is what I do.
Nothing is us without souls.
Nothing is a wife without a husband.
Nothing is a flower without petals.
Nothing is you to me.
Elida- 5th grade

It's quiet.
There's fighting.
Quiet me.
Do you cry
when it's sad?
Tierra- 2nd grade

And here is one that I am going to adopt as my theme for the new year.


Take flight
Do something
Do something exciting
Something fun for a change
Have fun.
Go wild
Be yourself.
Katherine- Fourth Grade

You can find more information about THE WORLD IS MADE OF THOUGHTS here. This website features sample poems from the book (also from Volumes One and Two), a page about the publication process, submission forms, and lots more information that might be helpful if you wanted to do a project like this with children.

If you are interested in ordering the book, you can get it online from our local independent bookstore, The Tattered Cover.

Leave your Poetry Friday submissions in the comments, and I will round them up throughout the day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Twiddleybitz Sketch Challenge #1

This is my example for a sketch challenge over at Twiddleybitz
The  sketch came  from  Sketch Inspiration.

It is ALSO going to be my next class at Scrapworkz in Port Lincoln.
(sometime early in the new year)
I will be teaching how to make those flowers.

Using Prima Jack and Jill papers and of course Twiddleybitz!
If you have time to do a bit of scrapping, why not try the Sketch Challenge over at Twiddleybitz ning?
Would be great if you could play along .. and maybe pick up a prize along the way

Wishing you all a wonderful, safe, healthy and prosperous New Year
may it be all you hope for.
Thank you also for your lovely comments and stopping by my blog during 2010.
I really do appreciate it.
It's always nice to get feed back isn't it??
Well thanks for stopping by and see you in 2011!

Well here,s a non xmas card

Here is a girly pink card thats definately not christmas related lol,
As most of you may know i am on jenni's aka cardmadfairy' Dt and part of that role is to use her digi images, this is "all dressed up"
Isnt she beautiful!!! I am going to enter this card into a few challenges,
  1. Colour create ~ red/pink and white
  2. Southern girls ~ anything goes
  3. My time to craft ~ brand spanking new
  4. Fab n funky ~ quick and easy
  5. I love promarkers ~ anything goes


  • 6x6 scalloped card blank
  • textured dovecraft card stock
  • craftwork cards sentiment
  • white sakura pen
  • silver gems
  • scalloped oval nesties
  • white ribbon from the paper mill
  • digi image "all dressed up" from cardmadfairy creations
  • martha stewart double scallop punch
  • promarkers
  • glossy accent
  • pink card stock


Mix 1 part Harriet the Spy, 1 part Andrew Clements, 1 part middle school friendship, and 1 part rock and roll, and you get THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN, a fun read for the "tweenish set." Bethesda's sixth grade social studies teacher gives his class a special assignment-- find a mystery in your own life and solve it. Bethesda decides that she will find out more about Ms. Finkleman, the school's reclusive and relatively unknown music teacher. She digs around a little and finds evidence that leads her to believe that Ms. Finkleman is actually the former, Little Miss Mystery, a rock star from the band, the Red Herrings.

Bethesda's discovery turns her middle school upside down. Ms. Finkleman, formerly kind of a "non-person" to her students becomes a superstar. The principal, eager to win a district music contest, orders the school choir to perform a rock concert, rather than the previously planned Irish folk music concert. And through a scheme hatched by Ms. Finkleman, Bethany becomes friends with Tenny, the class ne'er do well, who is actually a very gifted musician.

A really fun, quick reading mystery that doesn't get solved until the last few pages.

Bottle Bib Tutorial

How cute are these???
What a great gift idea for anytime of the year, for any occasion or just because ;-)

You can find the VERY easy tutorial at Scrap a Little

Can see one of these printed with a Cosmo recipe ;-)
Thanks for stopping by

just editing to add..I didn't make these...
not that clever ;-)
these were the examples over at Scrap a Little

Receiving a Gift

     Receiving a gift is a special thing, especially when the giver of the gift has put so much thought into it. Two of my children gave me a blog for Christmas.

     They set it up secretly and today they are showing me how to post things. This moment is like a second gift... a blog date!

My top 10 of 2010

Suzie Aka mrs weyremaster is asking us to choose our top 10 of 2010 so we can do a little blog hop, and there will be a couple of prizes at the end, well i thought why not ive made loads, but how do you choose hmmmmmm,
Well i looked through my albums and decided on these, i chose different styles so they are all a little different.
This one is using a cardmadfairy creation digi
Stamping and colouring
This is a crafty pad digi
Stamping and colouring
Anniversary card using a meljens design digi
A cardmadfairy creations digi again
This was made with the dovecraft cupcakes decoupage and papers also added a lovely charm Again a cardmadfairy creation digi

This was a special order card, made for a husband and wife who share the same birthday,
stamps where both sugar nellie

I do so lurve my sugar nellies as here is another

And again lol
But this time i hand drew the number 5 and decorated And this lovely chappie is a some odd girl digi, i also used some alphabet charms on this one.
Please see my links in sidebar for all the digi's ive used, there are some fabulous sites to be looking at for that special digi.


Snowstorm December 26, 2010

A blizzard hit the east coast from the Carolinas to New England the day after Christmas, December 26, 2010. These pictures were taken on December 27th, the day after the snowstorm. Despite being a pain in the butt, the snow truly is beautiful!

I really would miss the winter without snow! I know some prefer the warmer climate, but the older I get, the more I prefer the colder weather and the miraculous snow!


I've been trying to do #bookaday on Twitter over the Christmas break. Having just read 107 nonfiction picture books for CYBILS, decided that I would try to catch up on some novels that I have heard a lot about, but hadn't yet read myself. Read two this weekend that I absolutely loved .

THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleburger, is laugh out loud funny, mostly because it is so, so, so, true to most of the middle school kids I know. The book is presented as a "case file," created by a sixth grader named Tommy. Tommy is researching the verity of the Origami Yoda, a finger puppet made by Dwight, who is possibly one of the weirdest kids in the sixth grade. It seems that students in the sixth grade have been taking their major life issues, e.g. how do you not cry when you can't hit a softball, or what do you do to the school bully who has just broken three of your brand new personalized pencils, to the Origami Yoda. Yoda (or Dwight) provides helpful advice to the sixth graders. Tommy needs to find out whether the advice is true, because he wants to ask Yoda about the possibility of a relationship with a certain sixth grade girl. I cannot wait to get back to school and share this with all my DIARY OF A WIMPY KID reading friends. I know they are going to love it.

The second book, BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT, is another book that is sure to be a winner with my fifth and sixth grade friends. MR. TERUPT chronicles the year of a fifth grade class, as told through the eyes of seven students in the class. Jessica has just moved cross country and is working through her mom and dad's divorce. Peter is the class clown/trouble maker. Luke is the class genius. Anna is the shy girl, being raised by her single mom, who was only 16 when she had her. Jeffrey is a kid who hates school, probably at least partly because he is working through the grief of a difficult family secret. The class comes together under the leadership of their amazing first-year teacher, Mr. Terupt. Midway through the year, a terrible accident puts Mr. Terupt into a coma, and the students have to work through their role in his injury.

This is a really good read, perfect for just about any kid in a fifth or sixth grade class (someone on Twitter commented that the kids seemed more like sixth graders than fifth graders and I think I would tend to agree with her). The book would be a great read aloud because just about any intermediate grade student would love the strong story line. Kids in the story are dealing with some really important issues- community, peer pressure, bullying, divorce, grief- and I know the book would open the door for rich conversations. Most of the chapters are relatively short, which would make the book perfect for even the most reluctant intermediate grade reader. Another book I can't wait to get into the hands of kids after break!

Any Regrets? Not At All!

Tomorrow marks the passing of another year of life for me. I will enter another year since my birth some 52 years ago! (Damn that sounds so old)! As most of us probably do, I will think about what has happened over my years here on earth and wonder if there was anything I could have done differently. Of course there are things I might have done differently, but overall I HAVE NO REGRETS AT ALL!!! So I can honestly say, when I look at the picture posted here, that I would not change a thing! For if I changed anything, those 3 beautiful kids would not be in my life and I would be missing a blessing bestowed upon me!
I do not like to dwell of "ifs" because as I like to say, IF NEVER HAPPENS. If is such a small word in the English language, and if can never happen. So why think about it? Why spend time thinking about what life would be like if I did this or that rather than what I did?
The one thing I might have liked changed in my life is any pain I may have caused anyone in my "journey." I hope that I never "wasted" anyone's time by trying to figure out who I was along the way. It took me some 40 years to figure out who I am and what my life is all about. My journey has been a good one. And the blessings I have been given have been great!
My life today is good! I have what I need! I don't struggle with finances and I have never gone hungry or never had a roof over my head! My parents provided for me as a kid, and I was able to provide for myself as an adult. Fortunately I had lots of help along the way.
Since we cannot change what is, I won't contemplate what my life could have been like for too long! I am glad of the family I have, of the job I have, of the friends I have, and of the good fortune that has been with me as I journeyed this life!

Merry Christmas

Well DH is having a little nap after a big roast lunch and the  kids are happily playing with their new toys, so I thought I might come in and say Merry Christmas to you all and share with you what I made  my sister for Christmas
I used the Twiddleybitz 6x6 shadow box and lamp post with so yummy
I had a play with the Tim Holtz crackle paint!!
LOVE this stuff!!
The crackle mediums never seem to work for me, but this stuff is a cinch!!
just paint it on and your finished!

I hope you are having, or have had, a wonderful Christmas.
stay safe and see you soon!!

merry christmas everyone

merry christmas to all,

have a fabulous day,

i will be having a blog candy soon so be sure to pop by and check out my blog soon

hugs to all



Merry Christmas to all of the friends who bring poetry into my life every Friday!

For unto us a child is born.
to us a son is given,
and the government
will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

If you like this one, Cynthia Lord has another really special one posted here.

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off- Jacqueline Jewels

Freddie Ramos comes home from school one day and finds a package waiting for him. Inside he discovers a pair of purple sneakers with silver wings. He soon learns that the shoes are not just any old shoes, however, they are magical tennis shoes that enable Freddie to run faster than a train. He uses the shoes to help his friends and solve a mini-mystery.

I could see this book having a definite place in a primary grade library. It's a short chapter book (77 pages) with relatively large print and lots of pictures scattered throughout- terrific for those little guys who are just starting to read chapter books. The main character is a Hispanic boy, definitely needed in my urban setting, where over half of the kids speak Spanish as their first language. Freddie lives with a single mom, but there are several references to his father, a soldier who was killed in the war. Freddie also has significant connections with his Uncle Jorge, and the building landlord, Mr. Zaslov. As someone who works in a school where many of the children don't have fathers, I love seeing other mentor relationships validated.

Based on the last line, "Can you make flying shoes?" I thought there might be at least one more book in this series. I hope so. When I googled it, I discovered that book #2 has already been released, and #3 will be out in March. Always good to have a new series so that beginning chapter book readers can cut their teeth on.

BINK AND GOLLIE- Kate Di Camillo and Allison McGhee

OK, in yet another edition of everyone else in the world has already read this, but I hadn't, and I loved it, here is today's book review.

I love books about friendship, especially friendships that are a little messy. For about the past two years, my most favorite friendship series has been the ELEPHANT AND PIGGY books by Mo Willems. I love, love, love that series.

But I've just found another favorite. BINK AND GOLLIE are my kind of friends. Bink is short, speedy, and a little on the impulsive side. And she has hair that always looks a little in need of a comb. Gollie, on the other hand, is more refined. She's tall and calm and thoughtful. She loves to travel the world and make pancakes.

But somehow, the two are friends. Who engage in three different adventures in three stand alone chapters. In the first chapter, Bink and Gollie wind up at a sock store. Where Bink finds lovely rainbow socks. Which Gollie hates ("Bink, the brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them). Bink buys them anyway. And the two friends have to learn the fine art of compromise.

In the second chapter, Gollie ventures forth on a "trip" to the Andes. Which the lonely (and hungry) Bink keeps interrupting. In the third chapter, Bink purchases a fish. And names it Fred.(Bink, said Gollie. I must inform you that you are giving a home to a truly unremarkable fish…Furthermore, that a fish is incapable of being a marvelous companion.) Fred eats pancakes and goes to the movies with Bink and Gollie. But then, Fred has a horrible accident.

I LOVE this book. Love the messiness of Bink and Gollie's friendship. Love the characters, especially Bink, who reminds me a little of someone I know. I love the terrific language in this book-- need for speed, unwillingness to compromise, the finger has spoken, implore-- so many words and phrases that I think will make their way joyfully onto kids' tongues. And I love Tony Fucio's mostly black and white and gray illustrations, with just the perfect amount of color. His ability to capture a character through facial expression and body language is oh, so great!

A terrific read!

For an interview with Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, go here.

For 100 Scope Notes' top 20 books of 2010, go here.

Debby's top 5 comp

Debby has set us a challenge and its a toughie, we have to pick out our fave 5 christmas cards of 2010.
there are some fabby lotv stamps up for grabs for the lucky winner

I uploaded about 10 and struggled to dwindle it down to these, still not sure i made the right choice but never mind now lol,

Here we have a cardmad fairy digi, i chose this as i love red lol simple as that,

This one i chose as its just so simple yet effective,its a cardmadfairy craetions digi, This one i chose as i just loved the colours together and the layout,image is a greeting farm stamp This one is using a cardmadfairy digi i kept it quite simple as i wanted a traditional style, This is made using the cardmadfairy christmas carol digi, i chose this as i really like all the embellishments together,
So there you have it why not pop over for the details and have a go yourself,


First post!!

Merry Christmas Mom!

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