* “They Call Me Mom”

They Call Me Mom,” by Pete Springer is a real gem! Don’t be fooled by its easy readability; this book is jam-packed with powerful advice. What makes “They call Me Mom” so special? First, Pete Springer’s passion for teaching lights up the entire book. His core values are clearly articulated. But the real treasures in this book are revealed through thoughtful, funny, and honest anecdotes from his 30 year career.

Springer’s book is divided into the main issues faced by both new or experienced teachers: how to organize your class, work effectively with students and their families, and work collaboratively with colleagues. The chapters on frustrations and humorous events are yummy icing on the cake.

Pete Springer is not just a great teacher, he’s a natural writer. “They Call Me Mom” would make a perfect Christmas present for your teacher friends (or your kiddo’s teachers)! His blog is also a great read, with news about his successful efforts to publish, volunteer, and support educators. He tells some powerfully encouraging stories of the many reasons to be grateful in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Thanks again to Sally at Smorgasborg for introducing us to this awesome educator!

* Mystery Blogger ??

Thanks again, Davina, for your Mystery Blogger Award. Here are the questions I am shamelessly borrowing from you!

  1. What have you learned about yourself through blogging? I am either mindlessly foolish or simply no longer afraid to reveal my identity.
  2. What do you hope to accomplish through writing content either for yourself or others? My goal has been to support other teachers and open hearts and minds to struggling students.
  3. In the spirit of Avengers Endgame: If your blog content had superpowers what would it be? Hmm, I think telepathy would serve me well. I could share my thoughts without missing a single post.
  4. Who inspired you to become a content writer and what inspired you to choose the niche that you chose? A dear friend started a blog and that emboldened me. Suzie helped me broaden my range of topics, encouraging me to share more of myself.
  5. Spring and soon summer will be upon us. What are your spring/summer plans for this year? Really? Spring is coming? That would be awesome. My dearest teaching widower and I are travelling more than usual this summer. Whee!

So if you are one of these bloggers, please feel free to answer the same questions. Or if these nominations are not your thing, just know that you are appreciated!

* Mystery blogger award

Davina Lyons, a middle school teacher, blogger, and workshop facilitator, has nominated me for a cool blogging award. Wow! I didn’t see that coming!

The Mystery Blogger award was created by Okoto Enigma “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” Okoto Enigma

I know I can’t live up to that description, especially with my erratic posting, but it’s sweet to be nominated! I am nominating the awesome group below. Some folks do not care for this process, so no pressure!

Here are the rules of this award and my nominations below!

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about me: I love Jesus, my dearest teaching widower, and my students.

I am nominating these intriguing and inspirational blogs:

In my next post, I’ll answer some questions and add my own. Well, I might just copy Davina’s cuz she’s better at this than I am!!

Courtship vs. Dating: The Breakdown

Great points from an awesome blogger! He covers it ALL.

A Thomas Point of View

I believe that we have confused courtship with dating…

Dating is what most people in the American culture do. Courtship is what most people in the American culture aspire to do, but conform to dating because either they don’t know how to court, they realize dating is easier, or they have been socialized and conditioned to find their mate one way, not the other.

Please stop using the word, “courtship” when you are actually speaking about dating.

What is Courtship?

Courtship is a mutual partnership, a journey together with the intended purpose of marriage (from the beginning). Courtship is intentional and purposeful.

Courtship is focus on marriage (or lifelong companionship). This happens from the door, not months down the road.

Men get antsy when the “M” word is mentioned. Why? A man that is intentional with a woman won’t get nervous at the sound of the word, “marriage.” In courtship…

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* 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 […]

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* 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

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* 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 […]

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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.