Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Day 30: Flowers #napowrimo

120_2013_flowers.032 by teach.eagle
120_2013_flowers.032, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Flowers

Flowers unfold with
fragrance and colors; unfold
minds with passion’s fire.

Sheri Edwards

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 29: Family #napowrimo

119_2013_family.031 by teach.eagle
119_2013_family.031, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Family

Furry family
calms and comforts on stressed days
just by being there.

Sheri Edwards

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Day 28: Feet #napowrimo

118_2013_feet.030 by teach.eagle
118_2013_feet.030, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Feet

Eight feet together;
A path taken, old dog sits:
Wait; old pal needs rest.

Sheri Edwards

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Day 27: Normal #napowrimo

117_2013_normal.029 by teach.eagle
117_2013_normal.029, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Normal

Sage brush burst alive
on grassy hills hiked in spring;
view man, dog: normal.

Sheri Edwards

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Day 26: Global Learners #napowrimo

Global Learners

People of the world
Connect, consider, converse;
Blog: Global Learners

Sheri Edwards

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 25: Changes #napowrimo



115_2013_changes.027, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Changes

Our channel is a river,
Yet a center which we enter
with our streams of
conversations
flowing into, flowing out;

Droplets of ideas
That are pondered, even wandered
through our comments’
contemplations
bubbling into, bubbling out;
Waves of concepts splashing
ever caring, ever sharing
concepts flooding
demonstrations
soaking into, soaking out;

Whirlpools of our possibles
swirl around, minds turn ‘round,
enlivened, for creative
transformations
changing into, changing out...


Sheri Edwards
inspired by openspokes.com

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 24: Happiness #napowrimo

114_2013_happiness.026 by teach.eagle
114_2013_happiness.026, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Happiness

Like a ray of sunshine peeking
through storm clouds, it
caught my eye;

That yellow burst of spring, a
sunflower standing tall within
its green guards spreading
wide;

Daringly, it popped up
through the fire-scorched
land, proudly holding its head
high;

Behind the memory of flame
blackened sage– destroying
hope– the yellow petals of
perpetuity persisted, and I
smiled.


Sheri Edwards



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day 23: High Five #napowrimo

113_2013_high_five.025 by teach.eagle
113_2013_high_five.025, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
High Five

High Five
Is the serendipitously
Great feeling of a
Huge success and

Final celebration
Instantly
Verifying
Excellence

Sheri Edwards

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 22: Close Up #napowrimo

112_2013_close_up.024 by teach.eagle
112_2013_close_up.024, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Close Up

Spring in the millennium
Picnic in the school yard;
Cleaning up beside me was
A small and thin young pup.

Waiting at each stop
Sitting while I picked up
Watching as I worked
Listening as I spoke,

Ears and eyes were both alert,
Tail, it wagged and curled;
Running as I moved ahead
Dancing all around,

“She needs a home “
“No, we have no time.”
“She will not shed,”
“No, we have no time.”

“She won’t survive the neighborhood.”
Sigh. I just don’t know.
“Really, she won’t survive.”
Brown eyes pleaded back.

Thirteen years and counting,
I’m glad I took the time
To see the soul of kindness
Found in her eyes, close up.

Sheri Edwards

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day 21: A Kind Deed #napowrimo

111_2013_a kind deed.023 by teach.eagle
111_2013_a kind deed.023, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
a kind deed

In the class every day
In the lessons we teach
In the words that we say
In the books that we choose
In the questions we ask
In expressions we exude
In the instructions we give
In the discussions we lead
In the mistake we forgive
In the struggle we hold
In the success of the day
In the emotions foretold
In celebrations rejoiced
In all that we’ve done
In each it’s our choice:
And in each we will lead:

The choice: a kind deed.

Sheri Edwards

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Day 20: Favorite #napowrimo

110_2013_favorite.022 by teach.eagle
110_2013_favorite.022, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Favorite

Sunset in spring
Songbirds will sing
Dragons and rings
Whirled water things
Scott is ev’rything

Sheri Edwards

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 19: Colorful #napowrimo

109_2013_colorful.021 by teach.eagle
109_2013_colorful.021, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Colorful

Colorful


Imagine petals delicate
As silk, sunset pink,
Singes the sun and
Swirls a river of purple; add
Turquoise strung with golden
Filaments; top with
A crown of stamens and fill in a
Rose pink smile, then listen,
Eyes closed, to the tingling of bells
And the tap tap of felt slippers
Stepping slightly, delightedly in a
Dance of celebration for the birth of a
A fairy newly drawn to life from your
Brush of color

Sheri Edwards

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Day 18: Movement #napowrimo

108_2013_movement by teach.eagle
108_2013_movement, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Movement

Motion
Onward;
Visions
Expected;
Mozart
Enjoyed;
Natural
Talents

Sheri Edwards

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Day 17: Time #napowrimo

107_2013_time.019 by teach.eagle
107_2013_time.019, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
TIME


Time is that line
outside my window
drawn upon the hillside
brushing away the sun
daring me
deriding me
as I close my eyes in hopes of holding onto one more moment of precious laughter
but instead time laughs, an untouched constant,
constantly touching me, brushing away my sun.

Sheri Edwards

107_2013_time.019
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Day 16: Parallel #napowrimo

106_2013_parallel.018 by teach.eagle
106_2013_parallel.018, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
PARALLEL

Seen and Unseen
Open and Closed

Lives touch
many
ways:
Adult
Child
Parent
Child
Teacher
Student
Doctor
Patient
Clergy
Parishioner
Employer
Employee

Lives help
one’s
days:
Mentor
Learner
Care
Dare
Guide
Tried
Solve
Evolve
Bless
Express
Motivate
Reciprocate

Lives need supportive ways:
Never Smoke;
Drug-Free;
Bouncing Back;
Friendship Loss;
Conflicts
Solved;
Health;
Fitting
In






Change parallel
To Relational

Communicate
Reciprocate

Sheri Edwards


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Day 15: Over #napowrimo

105_2013_over.017 by teach.eagle
105_2013_over.017, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Over

Over time this day as the sun peeks over the hills covered by clouds in this curve in the road, an overlook of the river,
Look on up the highway, to the mist over Moses Mountain, meandering over its evergreen gold until the grey over the sun dissipates along with the mist.

Flags over the school unfurl, welcoming us; Posters over the trash can remind us of what to think over;
Chief Joseph, Chief James, and other chiefs watch over daily that we may walk the right path over the moments of our days.

Green over fire damaged hillsides fill us with hope; Budding trees over the city streets are memories of welcome shade in sizzling summers; River flowing over the dam releases water preparing for today’s floods and transmitting power overhead through miles of wires held by towers like giants watching over us.

In our canyon, the sun sets early over our city, beckoning us up out of the canyon for a walk along the still sunny coulee, through which ancient floods over the land left boulders the size of Volkswagens plopped upon other boulders demanding we remember; this day magpie hops up over the ledge beneath the ancient rock, eying me eying the boulder.

Lest I forget, magpie follows us over the path, looking back to the boulder’s home and grey rain approaching over the town beyond and reflecting in Crescent Bay Lake watched over by blackbird on his cattail perch, chirping to send us home where songbirds still sing in the branches over the house, branches still waiting for spring buds to send us over to summer.

Over time this day the sun drops to darkness and the day is over.


Sheri Edwards
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over -- a small word
that makes you think
about your world
over and over

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Day 14: Grass #napowrimo

104_2013_grass.016 by teach.eagle
104_2013_grass.016, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Look today
in the fields
in the prairies
in the mountains:
Notice the tufts and
the broad bunches
of emerald blades
that feed us and feed the
creatures that feed us;
For thousands of
years the humble
blades and buds
spread beneath the
earth and sprout out
so we may live.

Sheri Edwards

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Day 13: Sky #napowrimo

103_2013.sky.014 by teach.eagle
103_2013.sky.014, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Sky


Sky above and all around;
Sapphire brilliance holding precious droplets; Puffed
shapes for a child’s whim;
Grey shadows for a rancher’s range; Falling
ribbons of rain for farmer’s hope; Swirling
sails of storm for
lightning’s link from earth
and thunder’s roaring
birth; All in a day-
Sky above and all around.

Sheri Edwards
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Day 12: Play #napowrimo

102_2013_play.013 by teach.eagle
102_2013_play.013, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
PLAY

Spring brings play
all day in the brisk
cool air; bikes
out full speed
heads down
flying hair; pedal
faster, show who’s master
and squeal, squeal with laughter, powering
past cousins
down the curb
JUMP! Back
to the driveway
stop with a BUMP!
play is Spring.

Sheri Edwards
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day 11: Watch #napowrimo

101_2013_watch.012 by teach.eagle
101_2013_watch.012, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Watch

the watch on my wrist
is now the phone in my pocket
connecting anywhere
capturing the now
watching the world
the moments of life
the beauty of today
a sunflower stunning
in the evening sun
once watched in the past
before watches and pockets
when watchers of time watched the sun
and the seasons
connecting in story
capturing their now
the moments of life
in laughter and lore
together 'round the family fire
stories of times gone before,
watched through the evening mist.

Sheri Edwards
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 10: Gift #napowrimo

100_2013_gift.011 by teach.eagle
100_2013_gift.011, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Gift

Coo eeah coo quk all
Let's gather; Let's discuss;
Let's celebrate our friendship;
Let's dance for our dreams
Share stories for eons
See great-grandfather young
dancing like the wind
weaving with grace through the
pattern of dancers as the drum
beats a heartbeat to live by;


Grandfather follows and frees his son
to step in sync with the beat and I,
I now hear my bells ringle a low, soft
jingle as I prance in place swirling down
to this round of the song of the drum
and listen for the beat to flow forward,
a dancer, an athlete, an artist, a composer,
a storyteller, a joker, a peacemaker;
all gifts given from the pow wows of elders
down through time for today and tomorrow;
Coo eeah coo quk all.

Sheri Edwards

The feather was created and discarded by a former student; it still hangs on my bulletin board as a reminder of the gifts my students possess passed on through traditions and shared talents.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Day 9: Tests #napowrimo

099_2013_tests.010 by teach.eagle
099_2013_tests.010, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
TESTS

Tests, like lockers
numbered in perfect rows,
an order defined
to contain and conform
standards to manage
perfect systems locked
in a box, wrapped with a label
that stables minds.

But under that cover
of slammed shut doors
find a fable reflected,
find inside portraits of stickers,
notes, and pictures,
personalities and talents
displayed inside to defy
the boxed boundaries,
and jam out genius hidden within
lockers, unlike tests.

Sheri Edwards

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Day 8: Struggle #napowrimo

099_2013_struggle.009 by teach.eagle
098_2013_struggle.009, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Struggle
is a puzzle
pulling us forward
towards joyful
satisfaction for
solving the knots
twisting through
our daily lives;
leading our learning
quelling our questions
tracking the patterns
for continuous
striving and success.

Sheri Edwards

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Day 7: Grandfather Rock #napowrimo

098_2013_rock.008 by teach.eagle
097_2013_rock.008, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Grandfather Rock

Thank Grandfather
to all for the gift
of ground
on which
we walk and build;
Forged from the
ancients
of fire and water;
Pressed in layers
of history
Cooled, sometimes
morphed into
sparkling crystals
capturing our gaze
to remind us of
the bounties of its
broken pieces
finely ground by
time into the soil
from which we
gather our feasts
and forests; and
deep within its
basic elements we
carve away to
capture the energy
that fuels our
gadgets:
Grandfather,
Thanks.

Sheri Edwards
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Day 6: Nature #napowrimo

096_2013_nature.007 by teach.eagle
096_2013_nature.007, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
nature

In spring
Spring forth magic in flowers; the hope of tomorrow

In flower
Flower forth dashes of passion purple; a healing of sorrow

In root
Root forth yellow rays;
a promise of persistence

In rock
Rock forth flowing, faulting
fragments; a sense of existence

In power
Power forth floods of melting glaciers; a confirmation of calamity

In spirit
Spirit forth an awe:
a reminder of our vulnerability


Sheri Edwards

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Day 5: Childs Perspective #napowrimo














my own computer
chromebook cloud;
What is it?
Try it.
Plug in
Turn on
Sign in;
Change wallpaper-Aurora;
Apps? Pandora;
Music on-
Soft, lyrical, gentle beat
Perfect for posing;
Photos. How?
Try it.

Apps. Camera. Filters.
Pose. Snap. Filter.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Create a site. Insert pics.
Add text. Share.
“I can make a site for my reports.”
Hang out.
Create a doc.
Finish puzzle.
Pose. Snap. Share.

crystal clear:
adult advice not needed.

Sheri Edwards

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 4: Explore #napowrimo

094_2013_explore.001 by teach.eagle
094_2013_explore.001, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
EXPLORE
        Encourage
      eXploration of
        Passions,
     enLightening
extraOrdinary
   spaRks of
        Expertise

Sheri Edwards
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Day 3: Window #napowrimo

093_2013_window.003 by teach.eagle
093_2013_window.003, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Window

Out the window
in spring before buds
green blades spread
under bare branches
just warming up
to an idea:
renew

On the window
fairies and flowers
hummingbirds and parrots
hearts and yin
yang of today with pasts,
grandkid art:
memories

Through the window
memories renew
backyard filled in laughter and song,
nature, drama, ninjas, menus, paint-
inspired artists, musicians, debaters
today’s young adults:
genius

Sheri Edwards

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Day 2: Bright #napowrimo

092_2013_bright.002 by teach.eagle
092_2013_bright.002, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
BRIGHT

In the light
in all we are
lost in the day
finding our way
We must look up
Up high into the light
Embrace the warmth
of another day.




In our light
in all we are
found looking ‘round
sharing our sounds
We give ourselves up
Up, free, open, and bright
Embrace the bond
as friendship surrounds.




In the light
in all we are
bound in our care
living aware
We lift ourselves up
Up sparkling and bright
Embrace the ways
of genius we share.

Sheri Edwards

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Day 1: Laugh #napowrimo

091_2013_laugh.001 by teach.eagle
091_2013_laugh.001, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.
Find a way
to smile each day;
Find a song
to hum a long;

Be a sprite
That spreads delight;
Be a staff
to live and laugh.

Sheri Edwards






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Gramma's Poetry Challenge #napowrimo

I have not suggested a Gramma Challenge in a while, mostly because you are all so busy, but this one you might be able to find time for. And you are all so talented ---

April is National Poetry Month, including National Poetry Writing Month -- write a poem a day for the month of April. I'm trying it. I'm sure my poems will be short. 

The challenge? Write as many poems as you can this month. Start your own blog. Or post them to your Google Plus tagged with  Or ask for an invite to my toadkids.org Wordpress site I created for us about three three years ago. Or post them as a comment to this post!

Remember to let me know where you are posting so I can follow and read your wonderous words. Will they be humorous? satirical? political? sports related? deep? fluffy? topical (nature, sports, whimsical)?

I hope you find time for a few...  Love you and your genius!







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090_2013_numbers by teach.eagle
090_2013_numbers, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

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About Grand Coulee Dam

for a Flat Stanley Flat Rambler

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089_2013_calm by teach.eagle
089_2013_calm, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

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Some sprite has been working in the bay...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Life's Spiral

spiralmindgames.001 by teach.eagle
spiralmindgames.001, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

spiralmindgames.001

Al: Sometimes, I have noticed, things spiral out of control. Today, I've noticed, they have done just that.

Deep breath.

Let it go.

Life is what happens

lennonlifehappens.001 by teach.eagle
lennonlifehappens.001, a photo by teach.eagle on Flickr.

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Life is what happens, and then your grandkids grow up...

Memories

John Lennon