Category Archives: Travel

Ushering in the New Year with a Flourish

By Heather Hollands “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~Annie Dillard My one-word resolution for 2013 is “flourish.” I like one-word resolutions because they guide you throughout the year but don’t restrict you to … Continue reading

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Walking in survivors’ shoes gets us back to blogging (Heather)

Amy and I created this blog in August 2010 to celebrate our tenth year of teaching. We faithfully blogged throughout that year, then took a hiatus. Now, in our 11th year of teaching, we both miss blogging and plan to … Continue reading

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Why professional development is important for teachers and their students (Heather)

     “The teacher is the chief learner in the classroom.” ~Donald Graves, beloved author and pioneer researcher in the field of teaching writing               Amy and I will fly to Orlando in November for the National Writing Project‘s Annual … Continue reading

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Be More, Have Less: Tapping into our Higher Creativity and Simplifying our Lives (Heather)

  “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” ~Henry David Thoreau             For our tenth year of teaching, Amy and I … Continue reading

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Now that we’re back to school, what’s for lunch? (Heather)

“I am a better person when I have less on my plate.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love              The first day of school starts tomorrow, so I have a lot on my mind. I still need to print handouts and … Continue reading

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The Hand as Map (Amy)

You must make your own map. ~Joy Harjo One thing that Michigan residents have in common, regardless if they hail from the Upper or Lower Peninsula, they use their hand as a map to show you where they are from. … Continue reading

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The U.P. Offers More Than Pasties and Outhouses, Just Ask Hemingway (Heather)

“It is not down in any map: true places never are.” ~Herman Melville             Amy, Jan and I had attended the National Writing Project Annual Meeting in San Francisco in 2003. A map of the United States hung outside of … Continue reading

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An Aha! Moment about Place-Conscious Writing While Swimming in Austin (Heather)

“Write about what makes you different.” ~Sandra Cisneros Amy and I lounged in a bath-warm infinity edge pool under a full moon, overlooking Lake Travis at a recent retreat at The Crossings in Austin. About 15 of us teachers were … Continue reading

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