Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Humor in the Language Lab

Teachers frequently remark that no two seconds are the same in the classroom. My first teaching assignment was at the university level.  Back in the day of reel to reel tapes, our German textbook employed the audio-lingual method. My university classes … Continue reading

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School’s Out! Wanderlust?

Time for wanderlust, hobbies and play. Time to sleep in. Time to turn off all devices. Play with friends and use imaginations. Life is good. Grab that book! Share quality family time. Take that trip on your bucket list. Read, … Continue reading

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Many Moons

Many moons on this earth. Many moons of teaching. Many moons of hard work. Many moons of leisure. Many moons of travel. Many moons of smiles. I thirst for original, firsthand accounts which I can see with my own eyes … Continue reading

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Day of the Red Pen

Morning alarm at 4 AM. Walk the school track in Pre-dawn moonlight. Usually 3-4 miles and plan for the day ahead. All alone or so I thought. What was that approaching? Oh, no! Mr. Skunk.  What do I do? What if … Continue reading

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Voice – my Instrument of Choice

My instrument of choice is the voice. So much to learn. Open mouth, closed mouth. Breathe, posture, warm ups. Notes. Who knew there was so much to learn? It is good for the aging brain to remain active. Learn something … Continue reading

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Song of Flight

Sing a prayer Sing a song Song of love Song of joy Joy of flowers Joy of birds Birds flying Birds feeding Feeding their young Feeding family Family eating Family traveling Traveling abroad Traveling home Home and hearth Home and … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Day Prayer

Remind me to take joy in ordinary events: Chores such as laundry, cooking and shopping. Let me make time to listen to others and share. There is so much joy to find in the little things. Birds are busy building … Continue reading

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