Friday, March 16, 2012

Missing JoAnn

Today would normally be JoAnn's turn to post. But as she announced two weeks ago, she's had to leave the TeachingAuthors team, at least as a regular contributor. All the TAs have shared with her privately about how much we're going to miss her. Beginning on Monday, we'll also share with you, our readers, a small tribute to JoAnn.

In honor of JoAnn, who always shared such wonderful photographs with us, I wanted to share a photograph today too. With our unseasonably warm weather here in the Midwest, some of the Spring flowers are already blooming. However, I haven't had a chance to get out much to enjoy them. So I'm going to "cheat" and share this clipart photo instead:
And since today is Poetry Friday, I'd also like to share the opening of William Wordsworth's "Daffodils":

      I wandered lonely as a cloud
      That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
      When all at once I saw a crowd,
      A host, of golden daffodils;
      Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
      Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

You can read the rest of it at the PoemHunter website

Speaking of poetry, don't forget to check out the amazing March Poetry Madness competition going on at Think Kid, Think. As I type this, there's still time to vote for your first-round favorites. Our own TeachingAuthor, April Halprin Wayland, is participating. You can see her match-up here.  

Today's Poetry Friday round-up is at Greg Pincus's GottaBook blog.  Greg happens to also be participating in March Poetry Madness. Read his match-up here. And see the list of all the participants here.  

Happy Writing!


Linda at teacherdance said...

We don't have blooms yet, but many things are pushing up! That is one beautiful photo! And the poem, of course, is lovely, so springy & thoughtful. Thank you Carmelo!

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hi Carmela, my ten year old daughter memorized this poem to heart. She's in fourth grade now. And she reads this aloud with such emotion, it's a joy. :)

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Oh, you guys are too sweet! I am honored.

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for stopping by, Linda and Myra. And Myra, I love that your daughter is so enthusiastic about Wordsworth's poem. JA, we wanted to make sure that you know that even though you're gone from the blog, your contributions won't be forgotten.