April 30, 2015

April in Pictures

"There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by." ~ William C. Bryant


April 30, 2015 {120/365} Promise

"April is the promise that May is bound to keep." ~ Hal Borland

As April ends today, it finally feels safe to shed our winter coats, to beginning dining outdoors, and sleeping with the windows open. In the language of flowers, the magnolia symbolizes of perseverance, nobility, beauty, sweetness, and dignity. We have persevered through the cold months and are ready to enjoy the beauty and sweetness of spring!  

April 29, 2015


April 29, 2015 {119/365}
"Bad grammar makes me [sic]."
April 28, 2015


April 28, 2015 {118/365}
« L'homme qui sait deux langues en vaut deux. »

Last night, I was honored to be invited to the Société Honoraire de Français induction ceremony.  I established the Pewaukee High School charter several years ago and am so pleased that « Mademoiselle » (PSD Prof 3.0) decided to continue the tradition. Most of the students who were recognized last night are former students of mine. It was lovely to spend the evening with them and their parents and to have an opportunity to parler français!  Voici mon petit discours:

« Bonsoir tout le monde!  D’abord, je voudrais vous remercier tous, surtout Mlle Calewarts, de m’avoir invitée à ce grand événement. Je suis si fière de vos accomplissements et très contente que vous ayez choisi de continuer vos études en français. Je vous connais depuis longtemps, depuis que vous étiez au collège -- enfin pour la plupart ça fait six ans! Même que je ne suis plus votre prof de français et que vous n’êtes plus dans ma salle de classes, vous restez toujours dans mon coeur. J’espère que vous continuerez à parler français et à apprécier cette belle culture. Félicitations, mes chers étudiants! »

PS: I also have big news: Next year I will be teaching a blended-model French 4/5 class. I'm so excited to work with these great students again and to explore the challenge of creating a model to personalize their learning. Madame est de retour!
April 27, 2015

Life & Death

April 27, 2015 {117/365} "Life & Death"

"The tomb of a hero is in the hearts of the living"
« Le tombeau des héros est le cœur des vivants » - André Malraux

These words are incised on a wall of the marketplace in Rouen, France where St. Joan of Arc was burned, as well as on this stone outside of the 15th century chapel at Marquette that bears her name.

Today, I accompanied the Pewaukee High School Medical Terminology and AP Biology classes to the gross anatomy lab at Marquette. I had mixed emotions about the field trip. On one hand, I am always eager to visit my alma mater, yet I was apprehensive about seeing the cadavers. I remember taking graduate classes at night in the basement of Schroeder Complex where the corridors were dark and filled with the distinct odor of formaldehyde. I often felt uncomfortable knowing that there were "dead people" down the hall. Yet today, as the professor explained the nature of scientific donation, I began consider another kind of hero -- those who chose to bestow the gift of education upon future medical professionals. What a generous way to "Be the Difference."

[By the way, I was just fine inside the lab. There were stations where we were allowed to view and touch a heart, a brain, muscles, tendons, and nerves in legs and arms. Yet when we left the basement, it was wonderful to breath the fresh air. The beauty and fragrance of the trees and flowers that are beginning to bloom on the mall were a lovely reminder of the cyclical nature of life and death.]

April 26, 2015


April 26, 2015 {116/365} "Planting"

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" ~ Audrey Hepburn
April 25, 2015


April 25, 2015 {115/365} "Words to Live By"

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the Boy Scouts Blue and Gold dinner. I was touched by the dedication and respect of the boys, their leaders, and their families. Scouting is an excellent way for boys and girls to build character, to challenge themselves, to grow into kind, courteous, friendly, helpful, loyal, and trustworthy citizens.  I was a Girl Scout from Brownies in second grade all the way through high school. I earned dozens of badges as I explored my interests, learned new skills, and grew in my convictions.  I am happy that my nephews are continuing this great tradition, and I'm so proud of their accomplishments. Chase is now a Bear and will continue his journey through Cub Scouts. Alec earn his Arrows of Light and all 20 Webelos pins, making him a Super Achiever! As he crossed over that beautiful bridge that his dad made, I was struck by the final words, "Prepared for Life." The Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared" and I believe that Alec and Chase are well on their way.

Alec the Super Achiever
Chase and the Bears
April 24, 2015

Petit Bateau

24 avril 2015 {114/365} 
Mes préférés: la voile + Paris 

[Petit bateau au Jardin de Luxembourg, avril 2013]
April 23, 2015


April 23, 2015 {113/365} Composition

Claude Monet said, "No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition." Well, actually he said it in French, but it's good advice in any language. Despite feeling frazzled this week, I'm keeping the big picture in mind, feeling confident in my methods, and trying to maintain my composure.
April 22, 2015

Little Free Library

April 22, 2015 {112/365} Little Free Library

A couple years ago, I remember listening to a program on NPR about Little Free Libraries. I loved the idea of “'take a book, return a book' gathering places where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories." (littlefreelibrary.org). The official website outlines five steps to building and maintaining a Little Free Library:

  1. First decide where you can legally and safely install the Library. The location should also have a lot of foot traffic and be highly visible to anyone nearby. Then identify at least 1 person to be the steward; this person regularly checks the Library to be sure it is stocked, clean and inviting. He/She also promotes the Library on an ongoing basis.
  2. You can build your own Library, find someone locally to build one for you, or purchase a Library through our online catalog. [Here is a great Pinterest board with photos of Little Free Libraries around the country.
  3. Have an official charter sign and charter number on each Library to receive all the benefits of being a member of the worldwide LFL network. Take lots of photos and Register on the World Map so that anyone can easily find your Library.
  4. Get your community involved! Contact the local paper, radio and TV stations. The more people who know about your Library and support it, the better.
  5. Once you have installed your Library, be sure to hold a Grand Opening Ceremony and invite all of your friends and neighbors to kick off the Library in style. Have a ribbon cutting, provide snacks and exchange books. 

I was driving through Oconomowoc on Tuesday, after picking up Piper at Grandma's house, when I spotted my first Little Free Library on the lawn of the Episcopal Church on Fowler Lake. Of course, I had to stop for a closer look. This Little Free Library is painted to resemble the church with its red doors, shutters, and stained-glass windows.  Inside, there were Little Golden Books, a copy of Ethan Frome, a Time-Life book about American heroes, along with several more books to be shared. I didn't take a book, but I'll be sure to leave one now and then. I absolutely love this idea -- the books, the architecture, and the spirit of community! Now I'm on a mission to visit as many as I can.
April 21, 2015

Tuesday Tulips

April 21, 2015 {111/365} "Tuesday Tulips"

The only place to find tulips on a "spring" day like today 
(30° - 40° with snow flurries in April) is in the market.
April 20, 2015

Spring Rain

April 20, 2015 (110/365} "Spring Rain"

“April is the cruelest month, 
breeding lilacs out of the dead land, 
mixing memory and desire, 
stirring dull roots with spring rain.”
~ T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

April 19, 2015


April 19, 2015 {109/365} MKE

"Actually, it's pronounced mill-e-wah-que which is Algonquin 
for 'the good land.'" ~ Alice Cooper, Wayne's World
April 18, 2015


April 18, 2015 {108/365} Bloodroot

Fragile and beautiful, yet potent with the power to heal or to harm.

April 17, 2015

24 Hours Later...

April 17, 2015 {107/385} Magnolia Blossom

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud 
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin
April 16, 2015


April 16, 2015 {106/365} "Almost..."

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
April 15, 2015


April 15, 2015 {105/365} Tax Day

Dear IRS, I am writing to you to cancel my subscription. 
Please remove my name from your mailing list. 
~ Snoopy (Charles M. Schulz)

It's tax day and it's expensive to be an American.
April 14, 2015


April 14, 2015 {104/365} Anemone

"Thy subtle charm is strangely given, 
My fancy will not let thee be, 
Then poise not thus 'twixt earth and heaven,
O white anemone!"

~ Elaine Goodale Eastman
April 13, 2015


April 13, 2015 {103/365} Forsythia

"Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy." ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
April 12, 2015


April 12, 2015 {102/365} "Violet"

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent... If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
April 11, 2015


April 11, 2015 {101/365} Macarons

« Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup. » 
~ Proverbe français
April 10, 2015

Gatsby Turns 90

April 10, 2015 {100/365} "Gatsby turns 90"

Happy 90th Anniversary, Old Sport!
April 09, 2015

April Showers

April 9, 2015 {99/365} "April Showers"

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." ~ Shakespeare

April 08, 2015


April 8, 2015 {98/365} Nest

"The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, bringing eternal glory to the nest from whence he sprang." ~ Leonardo da Vinci

April 07, 2015


April 7, 2015 {97/365} Pretty Petals

"Do not watch the petals fall with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again." ~ Anonymous. [Pretty petals fallen from those lovely pink tulips]
April 06, 2015

Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

April 6, 2015 {96/365} Striped Crocus

This morning, Piper and I took a walk and discovered this lovely patch of crocus blooming in the sand by Pewaukee Lake. While I captured their beauty, Piper took time out to smell the flowers.

April 05, 2015

Piper's 1st Easter

 April 5, 2015 {95/365} Piper's 1st Easter

Who needs bunnies, peeps, chocolate, and jelly beans, when you have a purple bobo, a plush carrot, teething toys, and best of all, a hot pink bag to destroy?  Happy Easter from Miss Piper!
April 04, 2015


April 4, 2015 {94/365} Tulips & Jelly Beans

"Celebrate we will. For life is short, but sweet for certain." ~ Dave Matthews
April 03, 2015

French Friday: Vendredi Saint

April 3, 2015 {93/365} Notre Dame

On this holiest of Fridays,
it is fitting to feature two of Paris' most sacred venues:

Both of these Gothic masterpieces have housed the precious Crown of Thorns.
 [photo courtesy of Reuters]
Notre Dame's website explains that "despite numerous studies and historical and scientific research efforts, the authenticity [of the Crown of Thorns] cannot be certified." 
However, the faithful have venerated the sacred relic for more than sixteen centuries. 
Last year during the 850th Notre Dame jubilee, the holy relic was paraded from Notre Dame to the Sainte Chapelle (also located on the Ile de Cité). The lovely Gothic chapel was built in the 13th Century by Saint Louis, the king of France, to house this sacred treasure. 
The relic is permanently stored at the back of Notre Dame, barely visible in its elaborate reliquary. It is presented to believers for veneration on the first Friday of each month and every Friday during Lent at 3:00. 
On Good Friday, the Crown is displayed from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 
as worshipers celebrate Mass and the Stations of the Cross in preparation for Easter.