4 Steps to Your Greatest Teaching Year Ever

I have one of my favorite freebies for you – the Take One 2017 Toolkit.  It is a life-changing document that has transformed my teaching practice year after year.       I am so excited to share this with you. Feel free to share this with any friends or colleagues.

5 Reasons You Should Take Your Class Outside

If you should ask me – What do you remember about your childhood? – I would answer: playing outdoors.  I remember, like yesterday, creating a little hide-out under a group of tall bushes.   I would spend hours with my friends gathering twigs and rocks to make those bushes into a secret hide-out. Children have a natural desire to play […]

Two Years Later – Miracles Abound!

Two years ago Easter Sunday, my eldest daughter mysteriously lost all ability to walk, hold her head up – – she became like a limp rag.   It took nearly 5 months to figure out – she had an aggressive form of MS.  She spent nearly four months in a hospital bed.  At one point, we […]

Markets in Nice

I must admit, I adore the open markets.  There are so many!  Here is a little flea market in Nice: Okay this is not a market but gee whiz – the blue in Nice is amazing.  We sat next to the sea and . . . well . . .  experienced such warm and glorious […]

Going South!

 It is 7:00 a.m. in the morning and it is time to say good-bye to Paris — for now.  I loved our little flat in the Latin Quarter.   So bohemian. There is something about the train station that is always so exciting. I love the European trains.  We headed south to Nice, France. (Notice the […]

A Little Paris Sparkle. . .

It was misting as we walked around the corner.  Damp, dark and cold.   I wondered why I was out in the rain to see this famous landmark.  I am sick.  This is crazy. Nothing could prepare me for the amazing view of the Eiffel tower sparkling. It was stunning! It was so magical – I […]

Paris Coco Style

If Coco Chanel loved Angelina’s – surely I would.   And further more, Audrey Hepburn loved this place.  It was a must do.  My friends and I were running late. We hopped on the Metro and quickly found ourselves lost. It was 6:15 p.m. and Angelina’s closed at 7:00 p.m. Against all odds, we arrived at […]

Books in Paris

Okay.  I must make a confession.   I am a complete book-a-holic.  I have way too many and still – crave more.  Nothing thrills me more than a good book.  I went into this quirky little bookshop. The bookshop owner was British and such a delight.  And I found two great old books – “Education Through […]

Sick in Paris

I woke up Saturday morning with a high fever, no voice, and my throat swollen & on fire.  My friends, worried, quickly found a doctor for me.  And here is what he prescribed.   He said my tonsils were swollen and perhaps infected.  🙁  He also felt I could have the flu.  I am unwilling for […]

Tea Time in Paris

Ooh la la – tea salons in Paris! Today I went to Mariage Freres, which has been there since 1850.  They had over 600 varieties of teas from which to pick.  It was overwhelming so I just went with the first tea that caught my eye.  It was the “rouge d’automne the noir.  It is […]

A Paris Toy Store

It seemed like it would be forever before I would be on my long awaited trip to France.   It is hard to believe – I am here. Walking to the toy store.  Such a beautiful walkway. Looking in the window of the toy store.  Dancing fairies! Look closely and you will see her dress is […]

It’s an interview! It’s about Fairy Tales!

I am so excited to share a podcast of Melitsa from Raising Playful Tots interviewing me about storytelling!  She was so great.  I was not feeling well that day so I was a little nervous about how it would sound.  Melitsa is so artful in her capacity to interview – it is super.  Thank you […]

Grateful Beyond Words

One year ago this weekend, my eldest daughter lost all ability to walk, lift her head — all bodily functions shut down.  My son had to carry her to our Easter dinner where we all broke down in tears as she could not keep her head up to eat.  Lizzie living life with grace and […]

Oh How I Love Magical Birthdays!

I just had to share with you the magical day I had.  Today is my birthday.   Woot!  I am not mentioning how old I am (do the math, my oldest child is 29 years old. . . yikes!) I am used to little fanfare with a birthday so close to Christmas.  Hey, people are busy.  […]

Missing My Sweet Cat

It happened very suddenly.  Last week we thought my cat had been in a cat fight but it turned out he was in the final stages of cancer (Feline Lymphoma).  Yesterday we chose to put him down.  He declined rapidly and did not respond to steroids or other treatments.  We sought the opinion of two […]

My Best Friend, I Miss You

Today, it hit me.  My sweet daughter has been given another chance at life with the amazing drugs for MS.  I am on my knees in gratitude.  Lizzie is walking with a cane, back at work this week and improving daily.  While there are still impairments, her quality of life has returned. My sister, on […]

With Deep Gratitude

I am so grateful to report to you that Lizzie is improving!  She has been home now for three weeks and we have already seen great progress!  It is amazing!  She has gone from being wheelchair bound to using a walker.  In fact, yesterday she held her father’s arm and walked without her walker.  We […]

New Diagnosis for My Daughter

This photo was taken the day of the new diagnosis a week ago. Dear Readers, I wanted to give you the latest on my sweet daughter.  A week ago Wednesday the doctor did a MRI that came back with an alarming number of new lesions on her brain.  Immediately, the doctor called in a MS […]

Update on My Daughter

Thank you so much for all the love, emails, messages of prayer and thoughts for my family and daughter.  It has meant so much to us all.  I wanted to let you know that my daughter was admitted into the hospital today for steroid infusions, further testing (more MRI’s and such) and finally, rehab to […]

A Momma’s Tears

My Lizzie Lou It has been a challenging weekend.  My daughter who was recently diagnosed with MS – lost the ability to walk with cane.  Her muscle strength is gone.  She cannot use her left leg.  She says it is like lead.  Her feet feel like ice blocks.  It appears her MS is taking an […]

One Day at a Time

My Heart I have been intending to post for the last few days but my heart has been focused else where.  Last week my eldest daughter received a diagnosis of MS.  The most difficult part has been the progressive nature of her disease and that she went from fully able bodied one month ago to […]

Lunch at a Biodynamic Farm

This week I had the pleasure of a delicious lunch at my friend Sue’s biodynamic farm – Turtle Barn Farm.     Sue still has winter lettuce to pick.   We were each given a bowl to go out and pick our own lunch! What fun! The leaves were so tender and beautiful! Roasted chestnuts […]

New York, New York!

You might have noticed I have not posted as much in the last 5 days. . . . I had every intention of posting while attending a workshop in New York City.   That said, I just had to share a few of the highlights of my trip.   (I even found a few cool projects. . […]