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Christina being her spontaneous, carefree self splashing through the Georgetown Waterfront Fountain. I just loved that she ran through without a care in the world! This is the free spirit of what it means to be a child. As parents we have to remember to say YES more often because children know the secret to understanding how to embrace the simple exquisite pleasures of life! A simple YES created a moment of JOY and a lifetime memory. Who cares that you didn’t have any clothes to change into. “I’ll just walk around and dry off!” ~ Christina
It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties. ~Terri Guillemets
Whoever wants to understand much must play much. ~Gottfried Benn
For each day of National Poetry Month – Carry a poem in your pocket and share it with family and friends. Today, I share with you one of my favorites…
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
Looking for poems to put in your pocket? Visit poets.org.
In the spirit of Rainer Maria Rilke‘s Letters to a Young Poet, in which Rilke replies to letters from a young military cadet and aspiring poet asking for his advice, the Academy of American Poets is inviting students to engage with poetry by handwriting letters to some of the poets who serve on the Academy’s Board of Chancellors. Please share the information below with the students in your community!
Any young person is encouraged to participate! Here’s how:
1) Read some of the poems written by the Academy’s Chancellors. Here are some suggested poems to read and respond to:
Latin & Soul by Victor Hernández Cruz
Cherry Blossoms by Toi Derricotte
Broadway by Mark Doty
You and I Belong in This Kitchen by Juan Felipe Herrera
A Hand by Jane Hirshfield
Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye
Nothing in That Drawer by Ron Padgett
This Bridge, Like Poetry, is Vertigo by Marie Ponsot
Comet Hyakutake by Arthur Sze
Fast-Speaking Woman by Anne Waldman
2) Compose a one to two page handwritten letter sharing your questions and thoughts about the poem with its author. (Be sure to include your age and grade, along with a return address if you hope to receive a response).
3) Send your letter to:Dear Poet Project c/o Academy of American Poets75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
Select letters may receive a reply from the poet and be featured on the Academy’s website, Poets.org!
- National Poetry Month 2013 ~ Student Posters (Amy) (hamy10.wordpress.com)
- April 1, 2013 – National Poetry Month (rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com)
- 30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More (hcslearningcommons.org)
Yesterday was National S’mores Day. Christina and I wanted to celebrate by trying to make s’mores for the first time.
This was our first attempt:
We cracked up as we realized they looked nothing like the picture on the box. The jumbo marshmallow we used practically exploded. We thought we could fix it by putting the other graham cracker on top, buy the marshmallow just oozed all over the sides of the crackers!
We decided to divide the jumbo marshmallow in four sections and use one section per s’more. Mission accomplished! They were so yummy!
- Happy National S’mores Day!! S’Mores Cups (alittlebitme.com)
- National S’mores Day – August 10 (circleoffood.com)
- National Food Day: S’mores (homemade) (bakerunlive.com)
- Sunday’s With Joy : S’More Brownies (livingthesweetlifeblog.wordpress.com)
- S’more Cookie Bars Recipe: They Taste Just Like The Real Thing! (mommyofamonster.com)