Reflections – Monday, August 15, 2016

Carol A. Hand

Cricket song signals autumn is near


as do the flocks of starlings feeding here

garden 1

garden 2

Garden 3

garden 4

garden 5

Gardens to harvest, lessons to prepare
Moments to write are becoming rare

Manuscript editing postponed a third of the way through
as I return to teaching research – something I still love to do
My transition requires solitude and time for reflections

draw handstand 3

Bureaucratic rules and schedules allow few exceptions
making it a creative venture to weave critical thinking throughout
to inspire students to thoughtfully question what life is all about

social work paradigms 3

Grateful for another opportunity to learn and to share,
and encourage thought and innovation by those who care…


16 thoughts on “Reflections – Monday, August 15, 2016

  1. I hope autumn is near. This has been a horrible summer with this excessive heat and humidity.

    I remember the same sensation about teaching. Teaching was not a job to me, it was another vital part of my life, and I loved it dearly!

    Again, Carol, your students will soon find out how lucky they are to have you as their teacher!

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    1. I hope you do have some summer left. 🙂

      Our weather here in Minnesota is so unpredictable. There were frost advisories still in June, yet surprisingly, some plants were ready to harvest a few weeks ago. I’ve been learning to watch insects and animals for clues about what’s coming next…

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      1. I’ve been trying to ignore them but, yes, there are signs – like dew on the grass in the morning and the evenings growing dark earlier, the apples falling from the tree, but for now I am enjoying our first full week of sun – and no rain! – and making the most of it! Shorts on, legs out 😎

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    1. Thank you, Bob. Yes, I have another batch waiting to be processed tonight! Their aroma as I cook them in the cold of winter always reminds me of warm summer days. Your gardens are lovely and bountiful, too! ❤


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