The season of Lent – that 40 days of preparation and penitence leading to Easter– has begun. In Matthew 6, Jesus himself taught about the practices that have become the traditional disciplines of this season. In the previous blog entry, we considered what he said there about prayer. Today, let’s take a look at the practice of fasting. It is worth noting that Jesus uses the word “when” rather than “if” in referring to all three practices. Jesus assumes that the faithful will pray, fast and give. His teaching concerns how we do those things. When we fast —( and no matter how we have come to interpret it through the years, no doubt, Jesus was referring to giving up food in some way) — we make space in our physical beings. We feel the space by feeling the hunger. That space enables us to pause and…
Yesterday was Read Across America Day and the day schools celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday… and I had such a fabulous day! I had the opportunity to visit Mineral Springs Elementary School and share Being Frank with Pre-K through 2nd grade students! Big thanks to Jerry Ethridge for the pics below!
Really. I’m not dead. I just ate a piece of cake. I’ve just been AWOL from blogging for a while.
I’ve been held prisoner by the Dust Bunny regime in my home. They declared war because I’ve started back with my FlyLady routine. The bunnies claim I am “messing with the natural order” of things and insisted I leave their habitat alone.
We’ve come to an understanding, We are naming it the Spring Spruce Truce ’14.
I will let them live as long as I can’t see them. But if they start being a nuisance? Let’s just will meet my little friend, Dust Mop.
I am happy to say that I’ve been getting a bit of writing and subbing done this week. I also have a school visit to Mineral Springs Elementary School (Ellerbe, NC) on Monday, March 3.
I will try to blog more. But no promises. I can’t be held responsible if the bunny regime kidnaps me again.
(On the bright side, they did let me bring my laptop. They seem to like facebook and twitter. I think it’s because they can watch a lot of cat videos on FB and then make fun of them on twitter!)
So – I am still working on my free-verse novel, Jiggle. And for anyone interested, this is the synopsis so far… big thanks to Laura Louise Renegar for helping me get it just right..
When eighteen-year-old Eliza joins the weight-loss program at the Y, she does it because her doctor and grandma say she should. But her heart isn’t in it until her best friend is diagnosed with leukemia and Eliza’s too-high BMI keeps her from being able to donate bone marrow. Now she is hustling to help—even if it means working out with an old-friend that wants to be more than friends or falling head over wheels for an Irish cyclist who steals her breath faster than a pair of spandex shorts. But Eliza soon discovers that life is much like the inclines and speed-bumps of a bicycle ride…and her heart is racing without a helmet.
I just finished up a visit today at Mountain Island Charter School. It was fabulous! I have two more school visits booked in November. One is in Matthews, the other is in Hendersonville. If you would like to book me for your school before the end of the year, feel free to check out this link… http://wordwranglernc.wordpress.com/school-visits/ and then email me with any questions or requests.
Joy Acey, the Princess of Poetry, tagged me for this week’s Mortimer Minute! Quick… go check out her blog… HERE!
And when you get back, you can check out my answers to the Mortimer Minute three-question hop!
Mo’: What is one of your favorite funny poems you’ve ever written?
Me: Hmmm… a poem about the pitfalls of Valentine’s Day.
Mo’: Do you like carrots? And do you have any to share?
Me: That is two questions. And no to the first one… and the second. But here is a poem about carrots so you don’t have to feel so rejected…
Carrots are nasty
Carrots are orange
Carrots are crunchy
Carrots are… wait a minute. I’ve rhymed myself into a corner.
Sorry dude — I can’t even give you a poem about carrots. That bites, doesn’t it?
And… that’s all folks! The Mortimer Minute is over! But you can tune into other blogs next week for more interviews with Mortimer! I am passing this along to Brenda Sturgis. I hope she’ll have a chance to do a little Q&A with Mo’!
These are the rules for Mortimer’s blog tour, (thanks Renee and Joy I copied from you both!)
Here’s how to hoppity hop “Mortimer Minute” style!
Answer 3 questions. Pick one question from the previous Hopper. Add two of your own. Keep it short, please! This is a Blog Hop, not a Blog Long Jump. This is The Mortimer Minute—not The Mortimer Millennium!
Invite friends. Invite 1-2 bloggers who love children’s poetry to follow you. They can be writers, teachers, librarians, or just plain old poetry lovers.
Say thank you. In your own post, link to The Previous Hopper. Then keep The Mortimer Minute going — let us know who your Hoppers are and when they plan to post their own Mortimer Minute.