• Oregon Gardens

    A deep breath infuses my body with the rich perfumes of pine, fir, lush soil, cut grass, and blossoming plants.  Every time, it nearly knocks me over with its power.  The abundance of nature in all its glory is here in Oregon.  I love being here with my mom at her beautiful house just off the hustle and bustle of…

  • A New Beginning…Again

    I am excited to announce that I have just accepted a teaching position at the Sacramento Country Day School.  I will be teaching humanities (combo of language arts and social studies) to 5th graders in Sacramento, California. Last month I flew out to interview – 5 hours! – and explored the extensive campus.  The school houses K – 12 with…

  • Epic Zombie Killers!

    My wonderful, sweet, and creative 6th graders just presented their Post Zombie Apocalypse Geography Plays (yes, I know that is a mouthful!).  But they were hysterical. They had to present all the concepts we learned about in our geography unit, in the format of a five minute play – theme: resettling after a zombie outbreak. Two groups chose to have…

  • Refresh

    I have decided to give myself short writing assignments that are not about the book I am currently writing.  The goal is to keep my mind working on prose, but from different perspectives. I have found quite a few blogs that offer prompts that will take my mind in a variety of directions.  Here is the first one: Refresh –…

  • Zombies and Trump

    I just had to post a quick update… My two 6th grade classes have just finished a unit on geography using zombies as the lens to explore the concepts.  Now, for their final, they are creating plays about a post zombie apocalypse resettlement.  The characters have to use geography tools and concepts to find and set up their new community.…

  • 2016 Has Ushered in… Fun and Creativity

    Such fun I have been having!  And thus, I have not been good at staying in touch, sorry. The weeks have simply zoomed by since a lovely Christmas seeing and holding my adorable great (grand?) nephew in sunny California.  Sweet, adorable, with tiny little hands and feet…Koen. And I was so excited to give the adventure book I had written…

  • Its a New Year!

    Happy New Year Everyone! As I did not win the big Powerball, I’m still teaching in Gallup, NM. 🙂 My kids and I have finally moved into a rhythm that seems to mostly work for all of us.  My sixth graders are just about through a unit on Malala Yousafzai, the young girl in Pakistan who was shot in the…

  • Snow Day!

    So the big storms that have been predicted for this winter here in Gallup, New Mexico have yet to materialize.  But yesterday we did get the storm that has been battering the northwest.  We didn’t get rain, what came down was a wet snow, and since the temperature outside quickly went down to the upper 20’s, everything froze.  While it…

  • My First Book, The Launch

    Hi All, A few months ago my mom found a really fun, wooden chest.  It was covered in a circus motif and painted by a local artist in her town.  With my nephew’s baby on the way, she snatched it up and sent me a picture of it.  Seeing the chest sparked an idea and I started writing a story…

  • Hanging Out in Gallup

    Hi All.  So I promised to write more about Gallup and teaching here and I guess it is about time to do just that.  I am sitting here on a cold, grey day with the threat of snow gathering in the clouds, so here we go. Gallup, New Mexico is a very unique place.  It is the home to about…