When I was a child I loved hearing this poem. It really made me believe there was a Santa Claus. I used to read this poem to my class of six year olds with all the enthusiasm of a true believer just before the holidays. I loved how they would be so enthralled with the poem/story. Many times they would ask me to read it again just before the Holiday break. To be fair it’s still one of my favorite holiday poems. I remember the first time I heard it fondly.
After Halloween, I become very nostalgic. The leaves are turning, I can smell the pine trees, and there is that wonderful crisp feel in the air that tells us winter is on the way. There is a song, Over The River and Through The Woods, we would sing at home and in school. Every time I heard […]
When it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I think of my friends both near and far. That brings me to an Irish Blessing. Yes, it’s that time again when we start to think of all things Irish – shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold. I have so many memories of my years as a first-grade teacher many years […]
I’m sure it hasn’t gone unnoticed that I’ve been quite reflective in what I’ve written of late. Let me provide an explanation. Life throws us curve balls, more often than we would like. One of those for me was the recent passing of a favorite uncle, my Uncle Bob. He was one of 13 children. […]
There is so much going on in the world. I hesitate to listen to the news these days. What I often hear breaks my heart.
I fear for mankind. Where has the compassion, understanding, kindness and the ability to compromise gone? Are we as a species bound for extinction. I am afraid we might be. Why – because of conflicts, disease, the destruction of our environment and the simple lack of cooperation with each other.
As I look back, I am reminded once again that the road ahead can appear one way and it turns out to be quite different. Regardless, we have no option but to move forward in our life. We can either resist the changes that happen, or embrace each of life’s challenges as they happen, see the beauty in the inevitable changes in our life and make them a positive where ever we can…