#SOL23 March 5 Rose, Thorn, Bud

One thing I love about the March writing challenge is all of the great ideas I get from other participants. Sometimes finding something to write about is the hardest part of the challenge so having ideas in my pocket for writing structures can help get through those challenging times. Last year I started making a list of links to posts with structures I could use for writing. It’s come in handy so I’ve started adding to the list agin this year. Today’s structure idea comes from Elisabeth Ellington’s slice from today.


It’s spring break and I am blessed to find myself in a warm sunny location for the week. As I’m sipping my coffee on the patio and writing, there’s a symphony of birds calling back and forth to each other. The sun is shining and the palms and evergreens are casting shadows onto the patio keeping the temperature comfortable.


My report cards are due the Friday of the week following break. There’s no weekend time that’s not during break to get them finished. I find I no longer have the mental energy to tackle this task on a weekday after school. I still have a stack of writing assessments to score before finishing the report cards and three students haven’t completed the assessment because they were absent on Friday. I’ve felt the prickle of this thorn way too many times before.

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The first full day of vacation is always filled with promise. No schedule, no deadlines and no Monday morning alarm clock to dread. Though the best part might be that I don’t have to pack a lunch tonight.

My Three Positives in Memory of Tim

1. The sun is shining.

2. The birds are singing.

3. The coffee from the unknown coffee maker was the perfect temperature.

Tim 1972-2022

All month I’ll be joining my sister in focusing on three positives a day in memory of my brother-in-law.

Part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge by
Two Writing Teachers


#SOL23 March 4 An Uneventful Travel Day

We started our spring break journey today. Thankfully, it was an uneventful day. Our travel days are not always uneventful so I’m happy to be ending the day with nothing to write about. I was awake before the alarm went off and we were on our way roughly on time. We actually arrived at the airport ahead of time and it wasn’t all that busy. We had time for a nice lunch before we boarded our plane on time. We arrived at our destination, had a nice dinner and got the grocery shopping done. We’re hoping to spend some time on the beach this week but the red tide on the Gulf Coast of Florida might prevent having beach time. We’re happy to be in the warm sunshine and away from the snow and slush we left behind. I’m not sure what the week will hold but we’ll enjoy the time away and the relaxed routine. Hopefully, the trip home will be uneventful too and not at all like last year when we had to drive from Palm Springs, Florida to Baltimore to get our car and then home to Pennsylvania. Stay tuned!

My Three Positives in Memory of Tim

1. The sunshine and temperatures in the 80’s is a welcome change!

2. Our travel day was uneventful.

3. I didn’t bring any school work with me.

Tim 1972-2022

All month I’ll be joining my sister in focusing on three positives a day in memory of my brother-in-law.

Part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge by
Two Writing Teachers

Missed Calling? #SOL22

“If you’re going to stick with this teaching thing you better find yourself a husband at college.” These we’re the words of advice my father gave me as I began my college career. He made up for it on my wedding day but that’s a slice for another day.

My dad was a lawyer and I think he always hoped one of the five of us would follow in his footsteps but we didn’t. I think he might have thought I was the one to do this because of my love of history. At the time, I was heading to college to be a social studies ed major. Back then I didn’t think I was smart enough to pursue a law degree but over the years I’ve wondered if I had missed my calling.

As I had the good fortune to sit on a beautiful beach and read today, my wonderings about my choice of career resurfaced. In addition to knitting mysteries I also love lawyer stories. I got hooked on John Grisham years ago though I haven’t read one of his novels in a long time. My latest book was sparked by bingeing The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflicks so I was delighted to find a whole series of Mickey Haller books. Mickey is a defense attorney but I see myself more as an Erin Reagan prosecutor.

I know deep down I would not have wanted the lawyer lifestyle. As stressful as teaching can be, it has afforded me the family life I wanted. Though my teaching career has not panned out the way I had hoped it would and there have been tremendous challenges along the way, there have been some very rewarding times too.

One of those rewarding moments came just a few weeks ago when I ran into a family of three children from my school after a church service. The family is moving to another state and I had the pleasure of teaching two of the three children but after a brief chat I got a group hug from all three of them. I bet Mickey Haller and Erin Reagan never got a hug like that one. I think I just might be right where I’m meant to be.

Part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers