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Fun With Shape Poems/Concrete Poems

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The students have been working on creating poems about themselves, and some of them expressed an interest in shape/concrete poems.  They were so proud!  I borrowed the design method from my dad who creates beautiful shape/concrete poem sonnets.  He fills in the shape with a single letter and then works in the actual design.  For example, for a triangle or side of a  tree:





And then:



emerald work.

A heavenly creation!

Have some fun with your own shape poems!

Writing Tutor Tip of the Day: Brain Spillage

Still working on the name.  Brain vomit? Brain Barf?  Hmm. . . 

If a student (or you) is stuck on getting started on a paper, she needs to get those ideas out.  (They’re in there!)  One way is to loosen them up and set them free is to set the time for 5 minutes, focus on the topic, and get her to spill everything out of her head onto a piece of paper.  Tell her it’s ok to write “I don’t know what to write.”  “And this is silly.”  Whatever helps!  But she has to write continuously for 5 minutes.

If she struggles with the mechanics of writing and/or is a particularly good talker, you may want to switch to a sound recorder, like the one I use on my iPod.  (It’s possible her writing is too slow for her mind!)  Or if she’s faster at typing, have her spill it all out on the keyboard.

Final tip:  Do it with her!  Take the same topic or something similar and work along side her.  It’s a great motivator and model for her to see that it can be done — and it means you’re not just staring at her for those 5 minutes as she writes.

I’ve got a busy mind today.  Time to do some brain spillage/vomit/barfing myself to empty out all of those thoughts!


Last week my tutoring students inspired me to write.  The perfectionist in me kept me from doing anything about it for a while.  The part that says “I am enough” is now getting this down “on paper.”

It all started with one of my students accidentally reading “snailboat” for “sailboat.”  Genius!

I quickly came up with this:

“Why ride in a sailboat

When you could ride a snailboat!”

Fun with inventive compound words! Such potential!

Another student began some work with fiction writing.  He’s creating a fantasy/sci-fi/historical fiction work.  It already sounds great.  I found an article on super young authors, which we both found inspiring, though he was only impressed with the bestselling ones!

Finally, a new student told me the entire synopsis of a fantasy piece that she has already started writing.   She plans on finishing it in high school.  (She’s in elementary school now.)  I told her about the young authors article.  But she still insists it will be best that way. . .

I had a couple of other thoughts, but I have a cat on my foot, and I’m about to turn into a sweet potato, anyway, and so I remind myself “I am enough.  It is enough.”  And I bid you all good night. 🙂

Fun Friday: Homeostasis

Image courtesy ofzirconicusso at

Image courtesy ofzirconicusso at

On top of the world

Understanding what it all means

In the moment



At Peace


At war within



Lost in my head

Confused and scattered

At the bottom of the pit


In just one day!

Dreamy Wednesday, Atlantis, & Lifehack!

I didn’t have the will this morning.  I couldn’t recall my dreams.  I could have.  They were on the tip of my consciousness, but I let them go. 😦  Had a dream recently about computer games/video games.  I feel this symbol and everything else in my life is pointing to my mind being overly cluttered.

I will be disappearing again for the next 4 days because I’m going to one more Spiritual Focus Session this summer — Atlantis!  I will be learning about thousands and thousands of years ago when my soul first became entrapped in my body.  Very exciting!  I’m still trying to figure out what questions I want to ask.  (More to follow.)

And finally, I am branching out!  I am now also an author on Lifehack!  So, please check out my articles:

10 Things You Should Say “Yes” to More Often for a More Fulfilling Life

11 Small Things Anyone (Including You!) Can Do to Make the World Better


Have a wonderful day and weekend!

Fun Friday: Poem — Ideas

Image courtesy of MR LIGHTMAN /

Image courtesy of MR LIGHTMAN /

I had some

great ideas!

My mind is full

of too many to count.

I even had

a good story to tell.

But everyone must sleep


Fun Friday: Storytime — Busy Beatriz Bee

ID-10027051Beatriz Bee was always busy.  She had exercises that she did in the morning.  She left early to make sure she was on time for work in the hive, and she worked a full 8.5 day making honey (no paid lunch).  In the evenings Beatriz took bee classes, taught bee classes, tutored little bees, attended and led bee events, played bee-ball, blogged her bee thoughts, and checked bee-mail and BeeBook.  On the weekends she tutored more little bees, attended bee meetings, and went to family bee events.  Beatriz Bee thought she was doing this because she needed to work.  She needed the money.  And she needed to be busy. Beatriz thought she was a very happy little bee when she was so “productive.”

But Beatriz realized she was not a happy little bee.  She didn’t actually like working so much.  In fact, she didn’t know if she liked working much at all.  And it was spring — busy season — and Beatriz’s life got more and more hectic.  Beatriz Bee began to droop.  Her heart wasn’t in her honey-making.  She stopped looking for little bees to teach.  Beatriz Bee sunk lower and lower.

After one particular low day of honey-making Beatriz Bee wanted to give up completely.  She didn’t see a way out of her crazy bee life, and she didn’t want to be a bee anymore.

Thankfully, that same day Beatriz Bee also had one of her little bee students for a tutoring session.  And she realized she had enjoyed tutoring more than she had enjoyed her work in the hive.   Beatriz looked at what in her life fulfilled her little bee self.  And she looked at what didn’t.  And so Beatriz bee decided to quit her job in the hive.  She decided she was going to tutor more little bees and look for other creative ways to use her other bee talents.

Beatriz was a bit scared: Would she have enough abundance?  Would she like her new ventures?  Somewhere deep inside Beatriz Bee knew that she would.  Her little antennae were perked, her eyes and stripes were bright, and Beatriz Bee felt ready to face the world.

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