Quote of the Day: Rich man, poor man, come away. Come to dance the Macabray. from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
This is an excellent book to be reading the week before Halloween. I was inspired to pick it up by this sweet, young thing…
She was reading The Graveyard Book and learned of the song Danse Macabre which I happened to find in a classical book, level 4, challenging, yet accessible to her. We looked it up on Wikipedia and heard a chilling recording. Click here for the link. I get excited about connections between the arts and our lives and when it brings out creativity in my students, and myself.
Besides reading a spooky Halloween book, I have taken a bit of a blog break to spend some school-free days with my boys. It was teacher convention time, so we visited a corn maze…
Off they run!
They’re out there somewhere!
Even big girls like to slide.
That was a lovely walk between the corn stalks, talking to my friend about art and artist dreams, and losing and finding our kids.
The next night, the boys dragged me to The Haunted Trail at the Arboretum. Yikes! One of the first guys got a real scream out of me because he was dressed in camoflage and popped out of the rustling leaves. After that, I linked my arm in my 12-year-old and grabbed onto one of the twins. As they say in my next of the woods, Uff-da! Of course, the boys LOVED it.
I also received a great blog award for literary excellence from Laura over at Pray for Rain. Her blog has history and writing tips and I really like reading it.
We are asked to name five of our favorite words, and name three favorite bloggers.
Phantasmagoric (usually found in the works of Poe)
Adventure (as in, Let’s go on an adventure!)
Rhythm (life, music, my heart, my passion)
Fabulous! (It’s just fun to say, especially when it’s true.)
Extraordinary (however you pronounce it, that’s what I strive to be.)
And, now for the Literary Bloggers that I follow:
Roxane, at Peace Garden Mama for building up readers and writers.
Shannon, at Book Dreaming because she believes that picture books have something for kids of all ages.
And, Kittie, at The Block, for her post on passing books along to people in other countries and cultures in a mission to bring hope and education.
Thanks for reading about all my recent adventures!
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: What adventures have you been on lately?
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I vicariously enjoyed your trip to/thru the corn maze, something I’ve always wanted to do. And I never pass up going down a slide, yay! Thanks for a fun afternoon, Mary! (You find the coolest things to do!)
Congratulations, Mary. The Literacy Award is well-deserved. You’re constantly working to help others improve their skills and an inspiration to everyone. That you’d pass it on to me is humbling. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. I would be remiss not to say my eyes misted.
Oh, Kittie, don’t you know you’re one of the best bloggers on “The Block!”
Mary, thank you so much. This is a special award, and I am truly honored to be listed with Roxane in anything. 🙂
You are so sweet to think of me. Thanks, friend.
Looks like such a fun adventure through the corn maze and It’a always nice to get some family time 🙂
Congrats on the award:)
Loved the trek through the cornmaze (and thanks for the link to Danse Macabre…LOVE it!!!)
Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.
I think I need to pack up hobbit girl and get her on a hayride this weekend. Your corn maze photos look super fun!
And congrats on the award!
The Graveyard Book is AWEsome.
I’m glad you spent time with your boys. They are such cuties.
The Corn Maze really helps the attitude! 🙂
I love the five words…this would be a great opening question in a group! Glad you got to spend some time with your boys–precious memories to tuck in your heart! Thanks for sharing your adventures.
Oh Wow, Mary, you’re right! My comment was eaten up. And I don’t think I can say it as eloquently as I did the first time, but suffice it to say, I felt very honored by the award, and mentioned that it was an honor with a most esteemed title, which humbles me. Thanks for thinking of what I try to do in that way and in that light. I will think on the five words and be back.
Mary, okay, is it okay if I put my five favorite words here?
Two are Spanish:
1) Albondigas (meatballs)
2) Roberto (said with rolling Rs, love that)
3) Grace (Ahhh….what a word)
4) Peace (Another favorite)
5) Tether (I just like the sounds of it)
I’m sure there are so many more, but that’s my start. 🙂