Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, August 11, 2012


I went to a coffee shop this morning to get some lesson planning done. It seems I don't have a room of my own in this new school, due to overcrowding and I don't know how to deal with that. I have twenty boxes of stuff sitting in that building and I have no idea where it's all going to go, if not my own room. I'm trying not to complain, because this change is exactly what I wanted, but I am definitely freaking out. A lot. So I decided to try and get a handle on some of the lessons I'll be teaching, although even though those will be subject to change, once I meet with my department. Still, it's better than showing up cold. The theme for the first quarter is The Power of the Individual, and I think I can do a lot with that topic. The Olympics should be a great introduction to it; I hope most of the kids have been watching some of them. Gabby Douglas is from our area, so that should provide a pretty good hook. I'm also going to try and incorporate social media into the mix too, which should be fun. I plan to keep you informed, as usual.


Before I went to the cafe however, I took a walk in an interesting neighborhood, and of course I took some pictures. In the style of K. Miller's blog feature, Caturday, I took this intrepid cat's photo as he/she sat on the roof of an empty house.

Isn't this view of the street gorgeous?
Another house owner had this sitting out at the end of the walkway. I wonder how often she has to refill the snack container?
I just thought this house was so cute; one of the coolest things about this neighborhood was the diversity of housing styles. Definitely not a cookie cutter development.
I've been noticing structures like this detached garage lately, as I wish for a studio of sorts. Wouldn't this one be grand? I can totally see myself using this as my creative space.

What are you planning these days?



  1. Beautiful walk, Gosh I would give anything for a studio, or a room. I store my yarn in my closet, not the best place to see its beauty.
    Good luck with those plans you will do great.

  2. Love the walk you took us on...beautiful trees and houses. I definitely covet the garage/studio. I always wanted to do that with ours. It hasn't happened yet.

    Hope you find a satisfactory home for your boxes.

  3. The only thing I'm planning today is my route home from Montana.

    I love all of the photos you shared today, but that cat, well it made me laugh!

  4. I just love Arts and Craft era houses. To me, they have a sort of Bilbo Baggins feel! I do have a sort of studio, in the sunroom off our bedroom, but a stand alone studio would be even better--preferably with a water view. Is that asking too much?

  5. I loved the walk!
    What beautiful things anda houses!!
    the cat on the roof is incredible rsrsrsr

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your journey of renewal in your work. It is inspiring and I am sure terrifying. From your devotion and passion for teaching, I feel certain that all will be well for you and your students. That said, no room of your own?!!! The gods are testing you. Lucky students to have you. What am I planning? Cutting back a bit on my own professional work (psychotherapy) to work on playing; music mostly but I hope to blog a bit more too. The balance is so necessary but hard to find. Can't help others if I am not nurturing my own inner space. May you have a restful and inspiring last bit of summer.