My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 22, 2017


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Write every day in March
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Two Writing Teachers
I met Beth in 1973 when our parents bought new houses on the same street.  She lived on one side, and I lived on the other, three doors down.

We attended kindergarten together.  We played all sorts of dress up games, forcing my brother to be her husband or pizza guy or our pet dog.  We rode bikes, swam in our backyard pools and sang Billy Joel songs at the top of our lungs.

In 1979 (mid-4th grade) our parents both looked for new houses.  Would you believe they bought lots on the same street in a new town?  They didn't even find out this exciting fact (Beth and I squealed!) until each had put down a deposit.

My brain is a spinning top filled with ideas, music, books, words and worries.
Beth has a great way of clearly stating what needs to be done, she has a great flair for decorating, and she's generous with her time and advice.

In August, Beth moved to Arizona with her husband, cat and dog.  When she was here in Illinois, she was a 30 minute ride away.  We saw each other pretty often for dinner and other fun events.  I'm so glad for the internet, texting and good old phone calls to connect with my friend, especially when I get super wound up about life.

Thanks for being my BFF, Beth!


  1. This weekend, my aunt's best friend for life flew all the way from Atlanta to mid-Missouri to celebrate my aunt's 50th birthday. I think having a super bestie is just about the most awesome thing in this world. Good for you!

  2. I have a BFF who also lives in Arizona. We went thru grade school and high school together and still get together via e-mails.