Category Lovely Lessons

Lovely Lesson ~ The Joy of Learning

  The majority of my first 25 years was spent in a classroom. I so loved being a student that I chose to spend my next 25 years as a teacher. In all that time, both in front of the teacher’s desk and behind it, there was never a day I didn’t learn something. I […]

Lovely Lesson ~ Perfect Timing

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they will tell you that I am not a patient person. I eat, read, and walk quickly. I can clean my entire two-story house, bathrooms, floors, and windows, within a few hours. And when my family moved this past summer, we were unpacked within a weekend.  While my […]

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Lovely Lesson ~ A Gift for Teacher

Christmas of 1988 was my first year as a teacher, and the way things were going, it looked like it would be my last.  On a sweltering late August day, the interview for my first teaching job ended like this, “You can have the position, but you won’t last until Christmas.” The charge was to […]

Lovely Lesson ~ Why We Love The Royal Family

I was only in the seventh grade in 1997, but I remember watching Elton John’s moving tribute to the late Princess Diana during her televised funeral. I can also vividly recall images of thousands of cut flowers placed in front of Kensington Palace after her death. But the one image etched permanently in my brain […]

Ladies Who Lunch

Earlier this fall, I saw a flyer about a weekday luncheon to benefit our library, featuring several interesting speakers. I bought a rather pricey ticket without a thought about attending the event by myself. As luck would have it, my name did not appear on the guest list, so I was offered a handwritten stick-on […]

Lovely Lesson ~ Of Thee I Sing

It was nearing supper time, and my husband and I sat in our front yard quietly discussing the horrific headlines of the day. We stopped short when our five-year-old neighbor skidded his bike tires in front of us. “Hey, buddy,” I said. “How was school today?” Mike asked. “It was a sad day,” our little […]

Lovely Lesson ~ 10 Ways to Embrace Being a Role Model

In my many years as a teacher, I was always humbled and a little frightened by the power I had over the climate of my classroom. Student behavior, attitude, and academic success are affected by many things, but nothing may influence it more than the role model standing at the front of the class.  Over […]