Sunday, March 22, 2015

With the joy of spring, get outside and enjoy...

Here is the link to this week's column. Just click on the above link and enjoy. The photographs are  from my friend, Robert Foster, who is an artist, photographer and poet. The two photos were taken in his garden on the first day of spring just hours apart. 

Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Snowman stories usher this winter out the door...

Here are the last of the winners in the snowman writing contest. I had so many entries this year that I had to make two columns for the writings. Please thank all your children and students for a job well done. I think another contest will emerge at the beginning of next school year so keep watching! Just click on the above site for the stories!

This photo was taken by Bill Eyster for my Fringe card last spring. No, my garden does not look like that...yet. It is still under a great cover of snow...but it does set me dreaming.

Is this farewell to winter? We shall see.

As always, thank you for reading.

Lou Ann

Friday, March 06, 2015

Full Moon over Arizona Skies...

March full moon taken by my son, Abe.

Last night the full moon was stunning rising up over the mountains of Arizona. I have spent my week here with my son and his family, and last night we all watched the moon rise.

When asked why I was going to Arizona for spring break, I calmly said, " I have two stars and a full moon waiting for me." My two stars are Holly and Brianna, and the moon speaks for herself.

Later after the baths of the little girls, we sat outside singing all of our star and moon songs. That is the best way to end an evening, especially with the full moon in the big sky.

I hope you took the time to watch the night sky, not just last night, but every night!

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Worm Moon of March...

Tonight's full moon promises to be spectacular as always. Here are a few facts to help you enjoy it even more!

The March full moon has several names: Crow Moon, Sap Moon, Worm Moon, and Lenten Moon. You can imagine which each one means. I think in Northern Indiana this year we would be happy to be the Sap Moon as I understand from my friends who tap, we are a bit behind. As for the worm moon, the ground is still covered in masses of snow so I doubt we will see many worms.

It is also the furthest away so it will appear to be the smallest full moon of the year, 2015.

I am in Arizona and I will watch the full moon rise with my two darlings, Holly and Brianna. We will sit outside singing our moon songs while we wait for the beauty to erupt from the Eastern skies. 

Where will you watch the moon appear?

The photo was taken by Bruce Fingerhood for


Monday, March 02, 2015

Just the beginning of something new....

I have decided to try and put together poetry using my own voice. Everyone reading my blog knows how much I love poetry. Here is my first try, and I need to thank a wonderful young man who is in graduate school for technology. Ryan first developed the app for this at Trine University and has now helped me carry forward.

When we met on Friday I asked Ryan if he ever thought anyone would use this app for poetry. His smile told me he did not.

Enjoy. Let me know what you think.

So here is Walt Whitman's On The Beach as read by me!

Til tomorrow. 


Sunday, March 01, 2015

You never know what a snowman will do at night!

Here is the link to this week's column! There are four winners in this week's story and four more for next week! I had so many wonderful stories that I just couldn't put two in the column.

A special thank you to all the teachers and parents who took the time to write with children.
I was so impressed with the stories and the great imaginations.

As always, thank you for reading. Just click on the above link to read some great stories. The photo below is from one of the stories. I have tried everything to straighten it out, but alas, you will just have to turn your head a bit to the right!

Until tomorrow!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Monuments Men and composition students...

As the quarter comes to an end, the grades are recorded and we take a much needed week's break to regroup and get ready to finish the year.

But taking a break never means taking a break from learning or feeling compassionate or sitting idly by watching the world go to hell.

My freshman composition class is required to read Monuments Men. Actually this was my choice for the second semester. We all read the book for the first semester, and we were allowed to choose if we wanted to continue. I did.

I did for a couple of reasons. I like having the students immerse themselves in a book; they often do not do that. I also want to help them reach down inside their own core and find their compassion. We spend a lot of time discussing that.

We discuss what they love or what they feel in this world is worthy of their lives. We talk in-depth about the Monuments Men and their sacrifices for art and for preserving history. It isn't enough to just read words, I stress in my class, but we must understand what they mean. We must put ourselves into the words, the story, the book.

There are times in my class that I cannot contain my weeping. I know they look at me strangely and become very quiet, but how can we not weep for the greatness of the Monuments Men? How can we not want to take Harry Ettlinger's hand and shake it feeling the strength he still possesses in his heart and soul.

The Monuments Men do not exist as they did during WWII, yet the destruction of he world's greatest treasures continue. I was appalled to see the above video. I was appalled to read of the burning of the manuscripts in Mosel. 

I wish in my blog I had an idea, something concrete to tell you, or some kernel of knowledge that would set the world right. 

I do not.

Maybe sometimes the only thing we can do is to know and feel the compassion, especially towards the younger generation. If they do not see compassion from us, then where will they see it?