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Today, I am sharing a poem about one of my favorite places. I love spending time on the lake just below the ridge. It is so soothing and peaceful. I love to write about all the life that is happening on the lake. Sometimes, I just close my eyes and let my mind wander wherever it will! Spending time in your favorite place can really clear your head of all the busy thoughts of the week so that your mind is open to take on those new ideas that matter to you. I hope you are able to spend some time in your special place this weekend, too!
Listen to my poem-On the Lake
Invitation to Write:
Writers like to write about their favorite places. It can be comforting to think of the places we love. Try closing your eyes right now and picturing the places that you feel most at home. Think about what makes each place soothing to your mind and spirit. Now open your eyes and write!
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Today is the Friday before school starts! I am very excited to begin a new school year. I look forward to all the new faces and new beginnings. Every year I can't get over how quickly the summer flies by. It seems just as we end, we begin again. I think about this beginning and ending throughout the days and across years of my life. It always gives me hope when I think about all the things in my life that have ended or may end so that new things may begin. The seasons and our natural world give us proof of this all the time.
So while I am sad to see the summer season go, I know that it leaves behind the promise of something new. A new opportunity to grow and change will emerge from every season. I look forward to my new beginnings, but I will always remember this summer's end.
Have a wonderful beginning to your new school year!
Listen to my poem: Summer's End
Invitation to Write:
I often think about the beginnings and endings throughout my life. It can be great thinking and writing work. Try making a list in your notebook of beginnings and endings throughout your life. It might be the first time or the last time you felt a certain way or it might be an event that you began or ended. This list can help you generate even more ideas for writing in your notebook!
It's Poetry Friday once again! A special thanks to Julieanne for hosting the round-up today. Be sure to visit her site below for more poetry!
It seems a new year school year is approaching fast. I know teachers and students are busy getting ready. These are exciting times indeed! However, it is often easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our daily preparations before heading back to school. As much as I look forward to the new school year, I do not want to lose my calm before the storm. I know that every person has a different way of keeping that calm when things get hectic in their lives.
I can find my calm by walking through the field or around my yard. This helps feed my soul and steady my mind from one day to the next. Even during a busy time of the year like now, I make sure to carve out that time to just walk. Today's poem is about how I find the calm before the storm during these whirl-wind moments of my life. I am also sharing a piece out of my notebook that reflects the thoughts I have been having lately. It is my wish for you.
My Notebook Entry:
Before the rush of schedules, meetings, and early morning routines-take a deep breath. Then let it go. Spend some time today doing what you love. Greet the day with happiness in your heart. Take a moment to just BE. Let the day unfold around you. Meanwhile, life will go on. Tomorrow will come. Time will change. Yet, may the feelings of your heart remain as each day turns the page.
Invitation to Write:
There are so many benefits to walking. Besides being healthy for your heart, it can help you relax and calm your brain after a busy day. Sometimes walking around your backyard or through your neighborhood can help you tune in to the world around you. So many ideas for writing may come to you throughout your walk.
I find great joy in walks. I wish for you the same kind of joy that a simple walk with nature can bring!
Today, I was remembering how green and lovely the meadow was at the beginning of summer. Though it is dry and brittle now, it is still one of my favorite places on the ridge. I write about it often in my notebook. I also love taking pictures of the flowers and bugs that I see in the meadow. It's fun to search for their scientific name. I have even more fun coming up with my own names for them, too!
Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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