In a Perfect World: Blog Break

In a perfect world, I would be able to move for one place to another without a blog vacation. It’s not a perfect world, the selling and purchasing of a home is complicated.  I need to be able to focus on that.  I am not guaranteed Internet over the next weeks.

So I am taken a blog vacation until sometime in August when I am once again settled in a new place.

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SOL15: I Want to Write


It’s Tuesday, time to share our slices with  Two Writing Teachers.

I want to write

But I’m packing up a house instead.

I want to write 

But I’m watching our 19 year old dachshund fail.

I want to write

But I’m picketing to show the legislature I want education fully funded.

I want to write

But I have to be out of the house for showings.

I want to write 

But I want to snuggle with Sophie, letting her know she’s loved.

I want to write

But sometimes it’s easier to vegetate.

I want to write 

and look forward to being settled once again.

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Poetry Friday: House Wrens


Last night I was in the backyard and cleaning patio furniture.  I kept hearing bird noises from a place where there shouldn’t be bird noises.  This is what I discovered.

chirping noise
a mystery
the old Starbucks bag
discarded, forgotten
re-purposed nesting
parents bring grubs
scolding songs
take flight,

© 2015 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

I hope to get a photo to add soon.  I came home and went to the nest and they had left the nest so I missed the opportunity.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Poetry Friday today

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SOL15: What I Discovered from National Poetry Month


It’s Tuesday, time to share slices at Two Writing Teachers.

Last month, I held my first ever 30 Day poetry challenge around a theme. In the past, I have written a poem a day but this year, I decided to step it up. My theme, “Double LL”.


Here’s some things I discovered:
~creating a list before the month was  helpful as was setting up the template for the thirty days.

~researching the words was a blast. I found that the research informed how I would approach the poem.

~some words demanded a certain form.

~being able to prepare posts ahead is preferable than writing on the fly.

~connecting with community inspires.

~I liked engaging others with the words.

~wonder how to engage students into writing a poem a day next year.

~am thinking about the words for next year.

Congratulations to Carol Wilcox. She was selected to get a copy of The Poetry Friday for Celebrations. 

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Free Choice Double LL

Today’s word: SWALLOWS

Definition: a type of bird that catches insects mid flight.

It’s been a great month with this daily challenge. I so enjoyed the research on the words and deciding what kind of poem to write for the day.

I liked trying to figure out how use the words from Mary Lee’s Po-Emotion Challenge.

Mud Daubers

Bit by bit
under the eaves
of the front porch.

Architectural feat
A mud house
for their young

These insect grabbers
Dive bombing

© 2015 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Diallage

IMG_1540Today’s word: DIALLAGE

Definition: green or bronze colored pyroxene found in igneous rocks.

Dawn breaks
I pull on my boots, grab my pick, my shovel,
And sneak out.
Love to go rock hunting
Looking for an example of diallage|
Almost impossible to find
Encourages me to collect rocks.

© 2015 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

I guess without saying it, there is some pride in this young rock hunter. That’s the word at Mary Lee’s blog today.

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Calla



Today’s word: CALLA

Definition:  a flower in the genus Zantedeschia, of the arum family. Not a true lily.  Symbolizes innocence.

The calla lily is another perfect example of the Fibonacci sequence in nature.

lily picked
on her morning walk
memories of her grandmother

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