March 31, 2014

125ème Anniversaire

Happy 125th Birthday, Dear Eiffel Tower! 
Wish I were there to celebrate with you!
Je t'aime! Bisous, M...

March in Pictures

As I mentioned thirty-one days ago, I am not enamored with the month of March. The dream of a month of images featuring verdant hues was nearly impossible; and there weren't the blue and gold photos I hoped for either. This Marquette fan is traumatized by our conspicuous absence from any post-season tournaments - talk about March Madness! I do, however wish Wisconsin fans the best of luck. Although, as predicted, March was virtually another month of winter, I did manage to capture glimpses of sunshine and subtile signs that the seasons are indeed changing; and, true to form, March did come "in like a lion," (12º,  2" more of snow) and is going "out like a lamb" (61º and breezy with showers this evening - Perfect for Opening Day of the Brewers' season!) - Happy Spring!


March 31, 2014 Photo (090/365): "Space"

The Milwaukee Art Museum is one of my favorite spaces in the world.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of visiting the Art in Bloom exhibit...

The flower sculptures juxtaposed against the works of art that inspired them,

and the arrangements by local florists...

...were beautiful and awe inspiring!

Yet, as much as I love flowers, is the space this inspires me most!

The Shadows

The Light

The Angles...

This space is truly a gift!

A cathedral of art, beauty, and inspiration:
"God is in the details." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

March 30, 2014


March 30, 2014 Photo (089/365): "Art in Bloom"

"All art is but imitation of nature." ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Art, Flowers, Fragrance, and Light: 

March 29, 2014


March 29, 2014 Photo (088/365): "Lumineux"

"Aimer la beauté, c'est voir la lumière." ~ Victor Hugo
Translucent orchids on a sunny spring Saturday


March 28, 2014 (087/365): "The Beatles"

Trivia Night at St. Mary's. This was my favorite category: 
Find at least 10 Beatles songs in 10 minutes. (I found 17...beat that :)

March 27, 2014


March 27, 2014 Photo (086/365): "Therapy"

To paraphrase James Spader: "[Life] is a coloring book that you're given. Your job is to figure out how to color it in, and also when and where to color outside the lines."  Sometimes day-to-day tasks feel so overwhelming that it's hard to imagine creative alternatives. Coloring can be a great stress reliever, a temporary regression to a simpler time when you were allowed to imagine and play... but really sailing little boats in the Luxembourg Gardens would be even better!

March 26, 2014


March 26, 2014 Photo (085/365): "Fleurs"

"Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir." ~ Henri Matisse

Le printemps arrive lentement; Il n'y a pas encore de fleurs.
Mais comme je veux bien de les voir, je les cherche partout...Les voilà (au marché)!

(Fleurs chez moi l'année dernière)

Les fleurs au marché sont jolies, mais j'ai hâte de les voir encore au jardin.

March 25, 2014


March 25, 2014 Photo (084/365): "Chocolate"

"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!" 
~ Lucy Van Pelt (Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz) 

March 24, 2014


March 24, 2014 Photo (083/365): Networking
Thank you for being part of my PLN!

“In learning, you will teach.In teaching, you will learn.”  ~ Phil Collins

Today's presentation: It's a PLN!

Google Sites Make & Take

iCommunicate, iCollaborate, iCreate, iLEARN

March 23, 2014


March 23, 2014 (082/365): "It's a Jungle in Here!"

I'm back at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells 
for my fifth conference in the past year -- the second one this week.

This time the jungle is teaming with animals:

A virtual stampede of raucous college students on Spring Break  

and boisterous families overflowing the water parks.

I'd be "lion" if I said I love this place, and I'm not sure I'll sleep tonight!

Perhaps a little music will sooth the savage beasts! (This is awesome :)

March 22, 2014


March 22, 2014 Photo (081/365): "Moonlight"

"When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, 
my soul expands in worship of the Creator." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

March 21, 2014


March 21, 2014 (080/365): "Subtle Signs"

Soon the the thick clouds will part, revealing clear, blue skies.
Soon the ground will thaw giving way to gentle green shoots.
Soon the magnolia will shed her fur coat, 
and the birds will sing of warmer, fragrant days.


"When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, 
the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. 
Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it's welcome."~ Kristin Armstrong

March 20, 2014


March 20, 2014 Photo (079/365): "Ducks"

"Then I thought of something, all of a sudden: 'Those ducks in that lagoon, that little lake... 
Do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? '"
- Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye

Mallards on Okauchee Lake

Maybe it's because I'm teaching The Catcher in the Rye or maybe it's because I always fed the ducks in Sturgeon Bay's Little Lake when I was a little girl, but I wondered too... I don't know where the ducks go when the lake freezes over, but on this first day of spring, I'm so glad that they're back!

March 19, 2014


March 19, 2014 Photo (078/365): "Winter into Spring"

 Today is officially the final day of this long winter sentence,
and as an exclamation point: it's snowing!

Will tomorrow look like spring?

 "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
~ Ode to the West Wind (P.B. Shelley)

March 18, 2014


March 18, 2014 Photo (077/365): "Books"

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, 
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read..." ~ John Burroughs

To read or not to read -- that is the question! I have so much to do this week!  It feels like I'm drowning in sea of educator effectiveness, Google, mobile apps, and social media. Over the next five days, I will make four presentations at two state conferences.  At tomorrow's EE EdCamp, I will be facilitating a discussion on gathering artifacts to demonstrate proficiency in Domains 1 and 4 of the Danielson Framework. Next week, I will be at the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) conference speaking about using mobile devices and applications in school (iCommunicate, iCollaborate, iCreate...iLEARN), creating Google Sites, and developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) via social media.

My presentations for next week are far from ready, yet this afternoon, rather than working on these projects, all I want to do is read! Last week, I started Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, "A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption." As I learn about Louie Zamperini's harrowing ordeal, I remember the stories my dad told of his own experiences during the war and I wonder about what he didn't share with us. These days, I relish the start of my American Literature class when my students and I are allowed ten minutes to simply read -- what a luxury! Will things ever settle down long enough for me to read more than a chapter at time? OK, enough procrastinating! Back to work!