The Blank Page
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As many of my colleagues and students begin a new school year next week, I offer a question to ponder.
How do you know what to do with a blank page if it's always written for you?
To know triumph is to know defeat. Our struggle is real, and it binds us together-makes us human.
So, I invite you to take a risk this year. Take a leap. Face the page. Whatever your page may be, meet it head on. Your journey has just begun. It will be long, and it will challenge you every step of the way. but it will be well worth the wait. Remember, go slow to go fast!
And, I hope you bring others with you along the way. Share your story. Fill the page. And listen. For goodness sake, listen. Turn the page, and write, one page after another until it happens. You realize you're not done, you've only just begun.
So you'll begin again. The pages will be written by you, not for you. You will decide what comes next. You'll use the strategies you chose along the way, and you'll face each blank page, knowing you have the words to fill it.
The Blank Page
words fall as stardust
scattering on blank pages
filling space between
Invitation to Write:
How will you face your next blank page? Whatever your answer may be, it's golden! The risks we take and the strategies that we learn along the way are golden nuggets to share with our colleagues and students. Here's to the blank pages in life!
8/25/2017 04:53:17 am
Face the page, fill the page. Yes! This is a daily challenge. Thank you for sharing your special brand of stardust, Kiesha!
8/25/2017 10:06:00 am
Thanks for the inspiration, Kiesha. Filling the page keeps me going for more! Best to you, too!
8/25/2017 04:58:23 pm
Those blank pages are tough, aren't they. I keep thinking it should get easier, but it doesn't. I keep going anyway. Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration along the way..
8/25/2017 08:51:25 pm
It's all in the perspective, isn't it? A blank page can be intimidating, or it can be a challenge and an invitation!
8/26/2017 03:42:08 am
Oh, the excitement of a new year....we get to write all OVER the page and in the margins and with cross-outs and doodles. I'm excited for this New Year's Eve like always. I'm taking pinch of your stardust with me for good luck. Ready? Set! GO
8/27/2017 07:46:47 pm
Thank you for reminding me to get back to the blank page. With school starting back up and everything, writing has screeched to a halt.
4/15/2018 05:32:30 pm
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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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