A Teaching Life for Roundup.
It's been a busy week here, on this, the last week before the baby goes back to school. I've been writing, yes, and reading! Some picture books and middle grade novels and best of all, HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. I'll keep my comments general for those of you who still have the book to look forward to!
I have to tell you: I loved it. Loved seeing Harry (and Draco) struggle with parenthood and loved all the time travel that allowed us to see/hear again from Snape and Dumbledore... it was a wonderful blend of nostalgia for the world we've come to love but also pushing the story forward. A couple of surprises: Ron turned out to be a bit more of a jokester as an adult than I would have anticipated... Ron and Hermione are so sweet as a married couple! I would have liked (and expected) more of a role for young Rose... this is really the two boys' (Albus and Scorpius) friendship, not the Harry-Ron-Hermione trio we loved so dearly. I cried -- more than once. Someday I MUST see the play!
Meanwhile, I'm excited to share with you today swaps o' beauty from Michelle and Buffy.
First, from Michelle:
Recipe for Inspiration
by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
Start with the sky --
broad strokes from Nature's canvas.
Open the window --
let in a breeze and the early morning light,
dappled with the scent of orange blossoms.
Open the door --
offer Imagination a paintbrush
and a seat beside Courage and Compassion.
Open your ears --
heed the whisper of the masters,
teachers, students, wanderers, friends.
Open your mind --
dream and discover
a world within a world within a world.
Open your heart --
you are safe, you are welcome.
Inhale, exhale, and start with the sky.
THE KNOWING BOOK by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrations by Matthew Cordell, which also urges us to begin and end with sky! What an invitation. Thank you, Michelle!
And now for Buffy's poem, which, if you've ever visited Buffy's blog, you *might* have anticipated! Who can resist dragons like these? Not me!
Consider the Dragon
With wings like, lace, elegant and fine
that shimmer and glisten, sparkle and shine
you might believe this dragon's benign...
No fiery breath, no spike-laden spine,
she lounges on lilies until skeeter whines --
then Dragon launches.
- Buffy Silverman, 2016
I love how this dragon is a "she" and how she "lounges on lilies" and how Buffy places those final words on individual lines. And the photos! "Elegant and fine!" Thank you, Buffy!
Happy August, everyone! xo