Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blue Star Memorial Highway

I never knew about this until we stopped at this rest area, which is well cared for and and popular on the I-90 corridor across Washington State. This marker stands in the Indian John Hill Rest Area at milepost 89 Eastbound on the Mountain to Sound Greenway Corridor (I-90).

The history of the Blue Star Markers from the National Garden Clubs is interesting:
www.gardenclub.org/specialprojects/bluestarmemorial.aspx

If you travel through Washington State, here is a list of rest areas and their amenities:
www.wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/restareas/restareamap.htm

Me and Al

Me and Al by teach.eagle
Me and Al, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

My eldest granddaughter and me. She's on the right. :)

Adventurous
Loquacious
Loving
Inventive
Sparkles of sunshine in our lives
Openly friendly
Naturally beautiful

+++++++++++++
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Me and Al

Me and Al by teach.eagle
Me and Al, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

My eldest granddaughter and me. She's on the right. :)

Adventurous
Loquacious
Loving
Inventive
Sparkles of sunshine in our lives
Openly friendly
Naturally beautiful

+++++++++++++
Not for reuse

sugar and pooka

sugar and pooka by teach.eagle
sugar and pooka, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

Sugar tries to get as close to sweet, but grouchy old Pooka as she can.

Saturday 6/25

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Once trees, now weeds

Once trees, now weeds by teach.eagle
Once trees, now weeds, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

Last fall, our city cut the trees down on this hillside. A new forest now appers -- 5.5 ft tall thistle and other weeds cover the hill in an eerie otherworld landscape.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Guard Dog: There's something here...



Our 11-year old Pooka is still guarding the house. All morning she has been following the trail, over and over, of some creature, perhaps a raccoon, who must still be in our yard.

Thursday, June 23



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Sunset Outside Staffroom



Nespelem: Golden Valley Between the Hills

I wait Wednesday night for the school board to reconvene after executive session. This golden hills called for a picture.

Wednesday, June 22


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Abby Egyptian Eyes

AbbyEgyptianEyes by teach.eagle
AbbyEgyptianEyes, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

Whenever I look at my cat, I see Egyptian eyes -- his eyeliner definitely matches the ancient Egyptian eye make-up. He does not like his photo taken. Tues 6/21

Lupine Cross

lupinecross by teach.eagle
lupinecross, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

Along the highway
Along the road
Among the lupine
A reminder is told.

Watching the road
Imagining your day
Nodding at scenery
The reminder dares say

"Remember me
Carry me on
Acknowledge my life
While you drive on

Drive on safely
Drive down the road
Acknowledge my life
This moment; this road."


Sadly, I pass five of these on my way to/from work; all alcohol related deaths; all people I know. They speak a reminder as I pass. Mon 6/20

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hands Help Others


CC license 3.0


On Father's Day Sunday, the above picture evolved from this family photo:

Photo public, but copyrighted, not for reuse.

In all we do, we have two hands to share the time, the love, the need to help. I am so thankful for my many families.

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Killdeer Camo


On Saturday, June 18th, while walking the dog in the boat launch parking lot, these killdeer scampered and scurried, the mom faking a broken wing to protect her young. I quickly snapped my pics and tip-toed away, although the parking lot is certainly not the safest place they could have chosen.

The killdeer build their nests in rocky areas, which the parking lot is. The eggs are barely visible, looking like rocks themselves.



My favorite site for bird information is at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; click here to learn from them about Killdeer.

Part of #JJAProject on Flickr

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

We are as water droplets

We are as water droplets


Steiner Social Life






I took this photo while waiting for dinner. The sun shone through the blinds and my water glass, creating this beautiful pattern, including small bits of rainbow near the bottom of the glass. It begged to be a poem poster. Here are two.




Friday, June 17

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Resistance is futile...

Resistance is futile... by teach.eagle
Resistance is futile..., a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

I was ready to leave after the delicious loaded BLT with avocado and pesto, but my husband asked, "What's the dessert?" He had strawberry shortcake and I had cheesecake surrounded in a swirled caramel sauce and topped with a sliced strawberry.

Fusion Cafe; Electric City, WA, USA

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Break And Clean-Up

From Frame and Focus




Coke
M & Ms
Sharpies
Pens
Paper Clips
Band-aids
and
a
Mac
Book
Pro

All
to clean up
to end up
the school year.

Cleaning
Filing
Planning
Records

Up and down
Pack it up.
Throw it away.

Take a break.
Back ache.
Heart ache.

M & Ms
Coke
Pens
Sharpies
Band-aid around paper cut
And a
Mac
Book
Pro

To
Plan
Record
Document

Onward
Toward

A
New
Year


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Bridge Shadows



On my way up to my classroom this morning, I crossed the bridge as usual, but was struck by the shadows leading me down the road. I had to stop and take pictures. This was the best, although I wanted to get the Dam in the image -- just the wrong angle. I love the triangles of mountains, trusses, shadows. Our world is filled with surprises.

Everyday I travel to class over this bridge -- the path to my class. This day it captured my imagination.


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Autistic Cat Fixates on shoes and feet...



Our Cat
Part of a pair
The other a tabby
Name: Abby
This one with red hair
Piebald of black with ends of red
Will not purr softly resting by your head
But cuddles loud purrs in bursts instead
Beside your shoe or next to your foot
The comic relief at the end of the day
When something's amiss or out of the way
There's only one thing her owners will say:
It's Stella again -- It must be her way;
Abby is Abbott and Stella, Costello
When something again is out of place- not right--uh
We say that perhaps then, "Stella-- might ah."






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Monday, June 13, 2011

Cresent Bay Foliage in the Coulee

Today I took a series of photos of the foliage in my favorite area to walk our dog. Each week it seems the colors change. I know the rocks (amateur geologist) but not the plants (not a biologist).

Enjoy the beauty with me:





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Glacial Flood Coulee

Glacial Flood Coulee by teach.eagle
Glacial Flood Coulee, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

When Glacial Lake Missoula broke its ice dam, the resulting torrent of floodwater created this coulee. Another coulee wall stands two miles to the left of the one on the right. The center island, called Steamboat Rock, was created because its base is hard granite which resisted and split the floodwaters, which then swirled around it, leaving the island of basalt cliffs.

More info about the Glacial Lake Missoula Floods and the Columbia Plateau:
vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/ColumbiaPlateau/summary_colu...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Heartland

The Heartland


Above all, lo, the sky so calm, so transparent after the rain,
and with wondrous clouds,
Below too, all calm, all vital and beautiful, and the farm
prospers well.

Come Up From the Fields Father by Walt Whitman

www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16403



The Evergreen Implement held an open house in the town next to ours, so we journeyed there for the festivities. We parked, kept the windows open for the dog, and ambled down the block towards the street fair. When we turned the corner, the image was a breath-taking Norman Rockwell, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman American scene: families, balloons, smiles, music, food. This is what makes America great.





Photo: Taken with iPhone 4; cropped/enhanced in iPhoto; Framed and decorated at bighugelabs.com (top) and BeFunky.com (bottom)




The Heartland by teach.eagle
The Heartland, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.





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Friday, June 10, 2011

Changes

My creation by teach.eagle
My creation, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

I was one of the last people to leave school today, the last day of school. I looked back at my classroom door and sighed, rather sad I was alone, and knowing I have more work to do. Then from over the red roof zipped this swallowtail butterfly, landing on the colorful pinks in the window garden, sipping nectar from several flowers, and pausing long enough to pose for this picture. Last, but not least: my gift for today. Thank you, nature.









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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Best Friend

The daily walk:

Best Friend



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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Stitch In Time

Back in the day ...

A stitch in time...


A stitch in time 2


In between sizes, I needed to sew a tuck in my new pants. I know how. My mom taught me.

So I reached into my mom's old sewing cabinet, now mine. It's like an end table with two drawers, the bottom for sewing projects, the top for needles and thread. I pulled out this set of needles: 100 assorted needles. Look at the next pic for the needles. Who nowadays would know there would be different needles? Look at this scene-- the clothes, the faces. I imagine this is from the late 1940s or early 1950s.

I remember walking with mom to Woolworths Dime Store --rather like the dollar store today, but probably better quality. It was 1955 and I was 5 years old. Mom didn't drive, so she, my brother, and I would always walk to shop, calling my dad after work or a cab to rise home with our purchases.

One day we finished shopping at Woolworths and were walking home with our few small bags. Suddenly, Mom stopped and said, "Oh no. I forgot to pay for my needles. They were in my hand." She turned us around, marched us back down the hill on 4th Street, and returned to Woolworths to pay the 25 cents for those needles. Think of the lesson she taught me with that simple honesty.

Thanks, Mom.



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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I teach here...

I teach here...

Fancy and traditional
Step by step in a
friendship circle
Step to the beat
Beating into your heart
Step to the beat
Side step left
Around in a circle
Around in friendship
Outer circle
Inner circle
Bright and beautiful fancy
Steady and slow traditional
Shaking hands
Stepping gently
Step to the beat
Beating into your heart
Step to the song
Singing into your heart
Step from the past
Step into your future
Dance your heart out
Today.

Monday, June 6, 2011

5 Power Plays





1. Grand Coulee Dam originally was built to irrigate the semi arid lands of the Columbia Basin and prevent flooding.

2. WWII made hydropower a necessary part of winning a war with air power-- the need for electricity to build planes -- and the "bomb."

3. The Grand Coulee Dam is the largest dam in the US and 6th largest in the world. It's concrete would form a four foot wide four inch thick sidewalk around the equator-- twice! One of it's six penstocks would carry two Colorado Rivers. Think about it.

4. One of the 12 pumping units can serve the water needs of Chicago.


5. When you turn on your air conditioner this summer, if you live in the Western US, GCD has a part in keeping you cool!


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Stevens Ave,Coulee Dam,United States





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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Yeah. I live here.

Yeah. I live here. by teach.eagle
Yeah. I live here., a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

Sunset.

Walking the old dog at sunset
Most rays render us in shadow
While others skip over the hills
Dancing across the sky
Shining across the water
To enlighten golden banks
of ancient sand and clay,
Reflecting another world
Coloring the still water
before the eventide breeze
ripples across and back to us
as the world dims again.





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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Morning Mugs and Messages

Morning Mugs and Messages

Each morning Scott and I greet the day together. We choose pairs of matching mugs each day, thankful for our morning moments together before we trek off to our daily duties of work. These porcelain mugs from my dear friend Lorie in the 70s (!), are two of our favorites. The left design reminds us to thank nature for its gifts to us, and the design on the right is chosen by the one of us that day who needs to add balance into the day. Mornings. Together. Musings. Messages. Thankful for this day, still together.


PS:
Scott considers the fruit/flower mug as 'bearing fruit," so the day will be productive.




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Nap Time

Nap time


Friday. Sunshine. Birds. Nap. The sounds sheri42.org/spring



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Writing Rocks




Writing Rocks

After a day of drama, this.....
Worth it...




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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Words to grow on

My Own Words

My Own Words

The eighth grade students cleaned out their folders, choosing the best reading and writing work for the portfolio that follows them to high school. They giggled and shared writings from four years of writing class, reliving memories crafted into assignments. I noticed that as they left class, the one thing most kept was the writing journal, the part of class written for their own purposes.

Those journals represent so much more than any test; they are the purpose and and impetus for writing for life. Under the arms of future authors, the journals continue personal journeys of poems, tales, truths, and dreams.

Be watching for their writing in the future.


Fairy Fungus

Fungus Madness

Fungus Madness

So in my lawn the fungus flows
ugly it is, but less troublesome
when we turn the tale so a story grows
with fairy dances, wings that hum,
and grandchildren imagine them.

Imagine another world.

Shrink into a different world

Shrink into a different world

a different world
where fairies hide
waiting to dance
'til we turn inside
thinking that sparkle
just a whim in my mind
but later at night
when my dreams I find
tiny wings flash
in a blue moonlight beam
smoothing the stories
we think we've seen.




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Fairy Frenzy

Follow the path

Follow the path

Another view. Another world.

AM or PM

Start and end time today

Start and end time today

Time to go home.

Tying Up Futures

Glitter,Dreams, and You

Glitter,Dreams, and You

Getting ready for graduation. Advisor duties. End of year blues. Wishing the grads stay focused on their dreams

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Clover Luck


Should be a four leaf clover in here for luck to the group...

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Warming up

Asparagus soup at the Fusion Cafe

Asparagus soup at the Fusion Cafe

yum on a rainy day
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