Monthly Archives: March 2023

Backyard Diptych Mysteries

Mystery 1 A spry young squirrel clambered up the stairs to the neighbor’s deck. Try as I might, it scurried out of sight.  I wondered if it exited? Or did it find a hideout under the tarp covering the chairs? … Continue reading

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Libraries are Magical

How did we learn as infants?  Ask your parents. I used this technique in teaching beginning German. We first listened.  Then came learning to speak. Finally, to read.  Write too.  Thus parents are our first teachers.  The language of love … Continue reading

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A Nod to Green

Another spring snowstorm hit and left about ten to twelve glorious inches to blanket the ground.  We celebrate the wearing of the green this St. Patrick’s Day. And, yes, corned beef and cabbage.  The Irish side of my family with … Continue reading

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If Enthusiasm Could Be Bottled!

A school administrator after observing me teach in German, remarked that she wished enthusiasm could be bottled. This trait came naturally in my classes. I had a passion and joy for my students and subject matter.  My glass remains half … Continue reading

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Who Rules the Roost?

She calls the shots.  Baby time. Eat.  Sleep. Cry. Diaper changes. Wardrobe changes throughout the day.  Sleep deprivation for parents. Glancing out the windows at the bird feeder suspended by a chain and wrapped around the pine branch, we have … Continue reading

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