Voyageurs National Park Feature - Minnesota Parent Magazine & Minnesota Good Age

This month, for Minnesota Premier Publications, I also had the opportunity to write a feature article on Voyageurs National Park for Minnesota Parent Magazine and Minnesota Good Age.  I am so pleased on how the features  came together:

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June 2010 MN Parent magazinePick up a print copy, or read the full issue in Minnesota Parent Magazine by clicking --> HERE.

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Pick up print copy or read the full issue of Minnesota Good Age by clicking HERE.

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Minnesota Parent - June

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The June issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

My ramblings in my School Days Column this month, I share some tips on how to get your family camping this summer.

Get Camping MN Parent M. DevinePick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

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Friday Fave

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:   

We Are the Gardeners

I got my hands on this book and read it to my kindergarten students to enrich our gardening theme (We will soon be planting the sunflowers that we started in our classroom in our school garden).    I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations in this book.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

This is another great garden themed read-a-loud that I was able to experience with my kindergarten students this week. It is "an exploration of the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year."   There are appealing information and lots of content to discus as the story flows.   A great garden-themed book to revisit throughout the seasons.

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These last weeks of school are crazy-busy in our household.   Between school, work, little league, track, home & the garden we are certainly filling our days.   The garden was calling me (well the weeds anyway) and I spent a good part of the beginning of the week tending our garden space after school and track practice.    

We are not clear for a chance of frost in our north woods, so there is not an urgent rush to get things in the ground.   There are some things popping up in my garden, such as: raspberries, herbs and asparagus.  We had our first picking of chives early this week. This weekend we'll have some asparagus with a meal.

Cheers to the start of the gardening season!

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Minnesota Parent - May

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The May issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

My ramblings in my School Days Column this month, I share tips on how to prevent the "'summer slide" of learning.

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Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

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As, always - thanks for reading!

 


Highlights High Five - May 2019

May is going to be a fun and busy month of publication for me!   Today it was fun to find my author copies of Highlights High Five Magazine in my mailbox.  

In the May 2019 issue I have a Hammered Leaf and Flower Prints activity published:

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IMG_4629It is an honor to be published in this popular magazine.  I am happy to be a part of their mission:

Celebrating the joys of childhood and helping children become their best selves—creative, curious, caring & confident!

If you happen to get your hands on an issue, be sure to check out the activity!  

Thanks for reading!


Around Here..

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We put away winter jackets and snow pants.  It was warm enough to run in shorts.  Then we got winter weather again.    It was a beautiful weekend, the ice is officially off many lakes, but I woke up to snow this morning.   Today's scheduled track meet was canceled due to the snow.
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Around Here... 

I have chicks hatching in my classroom!   These three hatched Sunday night and another one during the school day for all of the kids to see.   I am posting some more pictures and videos on my instagram account if you want to check it out!

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?



Meal Plan Monday

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Our family meal plan for Aprill 22-26:

Easter leftovers & egg salad sandwiches.

Maybe one night we'll have popcorn.

With a fridge full of leftovers and a short, but busy (2 track meets!) I am giving myself a break from meal planning.

Everyone will survive.

Have great week friends!

 


Friday Fave: But the Morning Comes by Annie Demko

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:   

But the Morning Comes 

But the Morning Comes Front CoverBut the Morning Comes is a collection of poems exploring those ordinary moments that make up a life: the chores remembered, undone, at the end of the day; the child who will not be calmed; the way we become rooted in place through the living of our days; the way we are connected to those who are no longer with us. These ordinary moments are often not pretty and seldom are they neat and orderly. This collection holds the threads of confusion, insecurity and hurt that often weave throughout our days with a gentle honesty, acknowledging their existence alongside the equal truth that still, the morning comes.

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This beautiful book of poetry was written by my friend Annie Demko.    Annie and I were roommates years ago when we both attended a Squam Art Retreat.   Since then Annie and I have kept in touch, at least monthly, encouraging each other as writers, supporting each other through our creative endeavors as we speak our voices through written word in the big wide world.  It is my privilege to introduce you to Annie and her first book that is for sale on amazon.  

Meet Annie:

Annie DemkoAnnie Demko lives in a small Northeast Ohio town with her husband and twin boys.  On any given day you might find her learning something new, practicing being present to the tiny miracles of the everyday, or supporting those around her as they find and express their voices.  More than likely there will be a book in her hand and pen and paper nearby.  Annie's work has been featured in Kindred Magazine and others, and she is the author of But the Morning Comes, a collection of poems.  

 

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Enjoy this timely excerpt from But the Morning Comes, and consider purchasing your own copy of her book for your self or the poetry lover in your life:

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Today it smelled like Spring;
that sodden earth-waking smell that seeps in
through closed windows and stirs something hidden inside:
stomach, bones, heart.
It pulled us outside then,
first one then two more, then another,
into the novelty of it,
giddy in our bare heads and mud-caked boots.
 
The trees were giddy, too,
lilacs budding and dandelions radiant among the snow-flattened grass.
Sap dripped into jugs, shining each drop,
reflecting in miniature the bare-limbed trees above
and boots sloshed and squished unabashedly with every step.
 
The woodstove sat neglected and dark;
but tomorrow or the day after, the cold will return;
crisp cracking ice and splinters of frost on windows
and among the grasses where the dandelions poked their heads today,
and we will rekindle the fire and wait.
But today it smelled like Spring.