Saturday, September 03, 2005

Thank you--

I made that big-drive-with-children over the past few days, and I want to thank you all for the notes and fair wishes I found at home--and for the ones that you left behind at NCCAT. I hope you'll keep in touch.

And perhaps Connie will let us know how her school blog goes...



Anonymous Connie said...

Marly, yes, I'll submit a post about our class blog. Just give us some blogging time so that I have something substantial to report.

Yesterday I finished reading Ingledove. Look on to read my review.

Glad you're home safetly. It's always good to be in the comfort of your own nest.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous marly said...

Connie, thank you! You are industrious in many ways...

Yes, I'm glad to be in the nest again, although when one is away for 35 days, everything looks strange.

And Timothy's pot is sitting on a little battered apothecary's chest next to a vase of dark sunflowers.

3:23 PM  
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5:41 AM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Hi Connie,

What are you doing with your blog?

I havn't yet quite gotten my feet on the ground at school, so many things yet to do, that I haven't found the time to figure a way to use a blog.

I sure would like to know what you are doing with it though.


9:51 PM  
Anonymous marly said...

Discount Cat Furniture, huh.
I can just see Theodora the calico and Lady Azure the demented blue persian outstretched on crushed velvet divans, indigo blue...

Hey, Blog Queen Donna--
I hope Connie won't be wroth with me if I stick in a quote from a note from Herself plus a link to her blog: "Check it out if you would like. I’m certain its use will evolve throughout the year. For now I’m hoping for clarity of thought, writing fluency, and concise writing—a tall order for seventh graders."

Maybe that will help--at least until she shows up with a post of her own!

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

Hi all,

I think the idea of a class blog is on the back burner for me right now. My students are really struggling writers thus far. I mean, struggling just to get a good sentence written. Pray for me. It'll be along year. We have done one of the Dufresne exercises in class and they warmed to it. As a matter of fact, I skipped one yesterday and they asked why we weren't doing a Quick Write. I'd better get back on the ball.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous marly said...

Oh, too bad! But I'm glad that the book is helping you with exercises. You'll have to let us know which ones "work" for your class...

11:25 PM  
Anonymous m. again said...

p. s. One of my favorite old ladies has published a book:

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say I haven't forgotten any of you.

I like your blog Connie. I would like to start one as well when our computers at school are cleared of the viruses that have overtaken us in the last week. As it is, getting a simple task like grades posted to our NC WISE website is becoming an monumental undertaking. As if that is not enough, our mid nine progress reports are due out as well this week, and of course the virus infected computers are not cooperating.

Interestingly, I went to a Write for the Future workshop the last two days, and obatained so much information on working with the kids for the 7th grade writing test. My one sadness in this is that we can no longer read and write for the joy and cadence of words and expression in and of itself, but we must analyze each and every writing for it's relationship to the problem solution and evaluative process. Ah well, such is the life of the 7th grade ELA teacher.

By the way Vanessa, I am having trouble with some students and their ability to write complete sentences as well, not to mention subject verb agreement, homonyms, or any of the other things they should have masterd before 7th grade. It does indeed prove to be shaping up to be a very long year.

On a positive note I had the opportunity to go to a collage/art workshop led by a former writer this weekend. It was like craft-camp for middle aged kids. I will try to post a picture of my spirit house, and the writing I am doing with it, when it is completed.

My love to you all.

Blog Queen Donna

9:33 PM  
Anonymous marly said...

Yes, send pictures--if you forget how to do an actual "post," send me a note. If I have a spirit house (other than the body), I suppose it is the rickety metal gazebo out back, still covered with Dutchman's pipe and sending tendrils high into the air. Or maybe it is my writing room. I'm busy procrastinating by hanging the unhung pics and shoveling heaps of paper and books from the floor.

Thought about you all last night--the first of three open houses. One elementary, one middle, one high. Nothing like having a week planned by the school system...

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Connie said...

Marly--who just published a book? I couldn't get to

11:10 PM  
Anonymous marly said...


I forgot the links aren't hot if you just stick them in comments...

You can just go over to and scroll down for the whole shebang--or maybe it's in archives by now. I think that I've posted several things about the book. The writer's "Fae Malania," and the book is "The Quantity of a Hazelnut," a book of spiritual essays published with Knopf in 1961 and just out in a reprint.

I'm pooped--threw the launch party today, then took my youngest to Pumpkinfest. Alas, we missed the pumpkin regatta, for which he reproached me mightily.

I still haven't written you about the story but will, honest! I'm past due date on several things, but as soon as I redeem myself, I'll write.

But I did get the postcards out.

So I'm good.

3:49 PM  

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