* So THIS happened! — phyllis reklis

If you have been reading this blog you may remember a statement made in a post on 9/16 as Hurricane Florence made herself felt : But here in Durham, we came through untouched this time. We never lost power or had trees down (and we live in the Eno River Woods). I shared our deep […]

via So THIS happened! — phyllis reklis

* In case you ever need this sign… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Yes, but I need more time!  Chris’ blog is a terrific place to find all kinds of reading gems.  Check it out!

 

Out of my mind – Back in 5 minutes

via In case you ever need this sign… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

* Age is not the enemy- song bird songs

Modern western culture portrays old age as somthing scary, ugly, the end of all the good stuff, to be fought veheminately. Celebrities go to great lengths to stave off its onslaughts with diets, creams and cosmetic surgery till they look like walking skulls. I remember the East where old age is venerated due to its […]

via Age is not the enemy. — Song Bird Songs

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* Happy [cheery, merry, joyful, jocular, gleeful] birthday, Peter — bluebird of bitterness

A little bibliophile humor today in honor of the birthday of Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), author of Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.

via Happy [cheery, merry, joyful, jocular, gleeful] birthday, Peter — bluebird of bitterness

Bluebird, you had me at happy!  Let’s all celebrate (commemorate, observe, mark, keep, honor, remember, memorialize) the clever Roget and his thesaurus.

* Mindful of time

Sending my daughter off to college this year has trained me to be more mindful of the time I have. I have wasted so many minutes, hours, even years on the things and situations that drove me crazy but that I would never have the power or control to change. I traded quality time with […]

via What I Learned About Time — anewperspectiveperhaps

This blogger has an insightful view of time.  I need a kick in the rear about using my time wisely.  It’s true in relationships and also in teaching.  There is a fixed number of minutes and hours to spend with students; make the best use of them!

 

* Before you self-publish

By Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice: Before you self-publish your new book, make sure you are ready Too often, new authors get carried away with all the excitement of becoming a published author and rush way too fast into self-publishing. When this is done, without working on building the necessary marketing and promotional tools […]

via What You Need To Do Before You Self-Publish Your First Book… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Thanks to Chris The Story Reading Ape for sharing this helpful post.  I’ve read a number of books that completely skipped step one- ouch!  That error ruins a book for me.

All You Need Is Love (And Hate) — Steve McSteveface

Hater’s Gonna Hate! As Taylor Swift once said “hater’s gonna hate, hate, hate” but what she forgot to do is balance it out with “lover’s gonna love, love, love” – silly Taylor Swift… If I have to share ten things that I love then, just so the world doesn’t implode, I have to then share […]

via All You Need Is Love (And Hate) — Steve McSteveface

This is a terrific post, funny and authentic.  It doesn’t hurt that I have many of the same hates.  Well, fish bodies and sharks that take out airplanes,.  I also love iPads and I’m loving this Guy McFaceGuy.  Check it out!

* Gifted piano teacher

Making goal-setting, review and assessment a joint exercise with my students is helping me teach them to make clearer connections between their practise and the quality of their performances, and take responsibility for their work.

via Setting clear and achievable goals in piano class — eliza says

To my readers:  Wow.  I keep telling Eliza that she missed her calling as a special education teacher!  She is doing a fabulous job teaching piano, so I shouldn’t fuss!  Her approach to teaching piano will work well no matter the setting and especially if students have learning challenges.  Follow her blog for terrific ideas!!