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As I read through many of my posts, I sometimes wondered how I had the nerve to publish some of them. They certainly weren't very good. Others I read almost as if I was reading them for the first time--I almost didn't remember writing them.
And then there were the old friends. The ones I loved as I was writing them. And, I think that love shows in the writing of them. I always preach to kids to write what they love--I guess that goes for me too!
So, here they are, from the early ones to the latest ones. My favorites posts of this past year. Not necessarily the most popular--but the posts that I loved writing.
- Puppy Kisses The first, the scariest. I introduced Chloe and myself to a whole new world. I'll never forget clicking "publish" for the first time and then figuring out how to link this post to the TWT site. It amazes me I was that brave!
- Look Gramma, It's a Princess I write many posts about the grandkids. This story is a particular favorite. I still remember that day vividly. I don't know that I did it justice with my words, but for me it was important to record the memory.
- Dance With the Red Dog Another Chloe post. I like this one because it gives readers a glimpse into my mornings. This is a dance I perform daily.
- Goat Dog I wrote a lot about Chloe at the beginning of this blog. She is a constant source of inspiration.
- Lake of the Spirit "The Lake" is another favorite topic of mine. This piece shares why. Also, it's the first time Alan Wright commented on a post of mine. I admire his blog so much so this seemed like a milestone!
- Today I Walk Funny. This wasn't on my list last night, but as I saw the title this morning and I reread it, it made the list. I miss my dad a lot. And our school memory walk is something I am proud of since I was on the original committee that started it. This piece still makes me cry.
- Just Read I am passionate about my teaching, my students and reading and writing. This piece did create great conversation and introduced me to The Book Whisperer.
- Flying Books A moment in my classroom that made a difference to a few kids. At the end of the semester, a couple of them came and asked me if they could still check out books from my room even if they didn't have me for class next semester. Now that's success.
- Let It Be Me More than my teaching, I am passionate about my students. There are always a few I would take home with me if I could. This piece and the poem Throw Away Kids are about two of my students this year. Unfortunately, the young lady in this piece has dropped out of school (well, technically, she's being home-schooled). I'm happy to say, the young man from Throw Away Kids and Just Gone is back and with me.
- Time This post ran through my head so many days that it almost wrote itself.
So, from Chloe and I, our favorite posts. Thanks for stopping by!