June 30, 2015

June in Pictures

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June." ~ Al Bernstein


June 30, 2015 {181/365} Francophiladelphia
Who knew that Philly was a haven for Francophiles?

June 29, 2015

Historic Philadelphia

June 19, 2015 {181/365} Historic Philadelphia

"We the people..."

June 28, 2015

Tall Ships

June 28, 2015 {179/365} L'Hermione
Tall Ships - Philadelphia

"If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, 
it simply means the river bends." ~ Enoch Powell

June 27, 2015


June 27, 2015 {178/365} 
It's always sunny in Philadelphia?!
When you're drenched from walking half a mile (13 times!), you have to stop at a very fancy hotel and have a $20 cocktail custom made to your preferences. My concoction: Hendricks gin, lime juice, cucumbers, fresh thyme and a splash of Champagne!
June 26, 2015


June 26, 2015 {177/365} Bug

"There's a shade of red for every woman." ~ Audrey Hepburn (even this brilliant, "lady" bug!)

June 25, 2015


June 25, 2015 {176/365} Daisies

"Daisies infinite uplift in praise their little growing hands, 
O'er every hill that under heaven expands." 
~ Ebenezer Elliott 
We almost named her Daisy, but she's our Piper.

June 24, 2015


June 24, 2015 {175/365} Hibiscus

"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject."
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson
June 23, 2015

Just because...

June 23, 2015 {174/365} Pretty

Nothing clever or profound today. 
No literary references or fitting quotations.  
Today's photo is just because I think it's pretty.
June 22, 2015


June 22, 2015 {173/365} Rock

“There is no rule on how to write. 
Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; 
sometimes it's like drilling rock...” ~ Ernest Hemingway
June 21, 2015

Blue Blooms

June 21, 2015: "Blue Blooms"

"Blue thou art, intensely blue; 
Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?" 
~ James Montgomery
June 20, 2015

Home Sweet Home

 June 20, 2015 {171/365} Sweet Home...
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, 
but not our hearts." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

It was a whirl wind trip to California. I've been in five airports in the past three days, and while it's always exciting to discover new places, it always feel great to come home. Today, between 4:00 am and 4:00 pm, I flew over the Pacific, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. Yet when we finally circled Chicago before heading north along the shore of Lake Michigan, that warm feeling of home came over me. Still, during my brief layover at O'Hare, I felt that familiar urge to hop on a plane to Paris. Yet fifteen minutes later, when we touched down in Milwaukee, it sure felt good to be home!

San Diego

June 19, 2015 {170/365} Iglesia
Church of the Immaculate Conception 
Old Town - San Diego
For the past two days, I've been providing professional development at the Vista Unified School District in Oceanside, California. It was a last-minute invitation, but I'm so glad I took the opportunity to stretch myself. On Thursday, I spent the day at Temple Heights Elementary School teaching students about tech tools (Google and iOS applications) to facilitate and support personalized learning: tinyurl.com/pl-vista. Today, I was at Vista Visions Academy, a K-12 completely blended learning environment, where I modeled the inquiry process and provided tools and resources to support questioning, researching, discussing, creating, and reflecting: tinyurl.com/inquiry-vista

It is always inspiring and motivating to discover new ideas and perspectives as a lead learner. It was also fun to imagine going to school in this environment. The photo below is the "cafeteria" and the open door (left) is the classroom where I taught today. Toto, I don't think we're in Wisconsin anymore!

June 18, 2015


June 18, 2015 {169/365} Oceanside, CA
[Photo of the day (above): Live sand dollars]
Mica gives the sand it's beautiful golden hue
Iconic California 

A cocktail with a view

June 17, 2015

Palm Tree

June 17, 2015 {168/365} Palm Tree

Advice from a Palm Tree: Soak up the sun. Stand up straight and proud. Showcase your natural beauty -- flaws and all. Keep stretching yourself, but remember your roots. Enjoy the view.
    June 16, 2015

    Subtle Hues

    June 16, 2015 {167/365} "Subtle Hues"

    "But who can paint like Nature? 
    Can imagination boast, amid its creation, hues like hers?"
    ~ James Thomson
    June 15, 2015


    June 15, 2015 {166/365} "Beguiling"

    "For bees, the flower is the fountain of life;
    For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love."
        ~ Kahlil Gibran
    June 14, 2015

    Another Rainy Day

    June 14, 2015 {165/365}: Rain on the Pane

    'The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. 
    So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day."
    ~ Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham

    Well, Piper had to go outside #soggydoggy!