Today is Sunday. It’s great for two reasons: Margaret Gibson’s DigiLit Sunday and it’s the best day of the week for me. And today’s DigiLit Sunday is about Slice of Life, a March writing challenge by the The Two Writing Teachers that asks us to write every day in March about a slice of our lives, a moment in time.
So today I ask you to join in the writing, to write, because it is “hard fun,” as Donald Murray shares, and because writing clears and clarifies the mind. And in these challenging times, we need that. Won’t you join?
I love Sundays. For most of our Sundays together, my husband and I enjoy the light of day shining through the window as we sip our coffee, his black and mine with cream. We spend hours reading and conversing on any topic: news, politics, history, nature, discoveries old and new, how things work, philosophy. It’s relaxing and freeing to have no hurry pushing us.
Not only does Scott brew the coffee, he also makes breakfast: eggs, many ways. So the day is extra special for me.
In years past, we had hopped in the car to visit grandkids two hours away — but they do grow up 🙂 so we do that less.
Many times, during the school year, I would spend the afternoon and evening on planning for my next week as middle school teacher. But now, I’m retired. Note to teachers: take the day off; your time is precious. [Not that I regret it– I loved it, but teachers shouldn’t have to work so many hours.]
Most of the time we take a walk or hike around town or around the hills of our little rural town.
Mule Deer in the credit union field
Coulee Art [and yes, we probably know who did this]
Many of my nature photos come from these walks [which we now take almost daily]. This Sunday, these fall leftovers still shared their colors:
Oak Leaf [not native to our area, but planted in the park]
Other times we hop in the car for that traditional pastime from both our childhoods: the Sunday drive. Today we drove along Banks Lake, which is still mostly frozen over from the cold winter.
Banks Lake in the Grand Coulee [an irrigation reservoir with year round fishing]
Banks Lake is surrounded by the Grand Coulee walls. [See Glacial Lake Missoula history]
Moon over Coulee Wall
Following the highway we turned off at Dry Falls, the largest ever waterfall, but created during the Ice Ages.
That lake is 350 ft below viewing area!
There we turned around and headed the long way home around through the plateau wheat fields around Hartline, Almira, and Wilbur. We detoured to Govan to take this picture of what’s left of a one-room school house:
Govan School House at Sunset
Sundays are a Slice of Life each week. My walks are a Slice of Life each day. In these days of darkness with a totalitarian leaning president, be sure to take care of yourself. In everyone’s life, to celebrate and to reflect, write your moments, your Slice of Life. Be with your family; enjoy nature, whether you walk the cement jungle or the rural trail. And share your moments and their relief; let the doing, writing and sharing renew your spirit and connect you with others.
As a teacher, my students loved Slice of Life; I’ve written about it here and here. For strategies for writers to revise their slice moments, see the work of Ralph Fletcher and Steve Peha. They both provide for strategies for writers workshop and the six traits of writing. Through Slice of Life and writing strategies, students learn what Donald Murray expressed, “Writing is hard fun.” So often over the years, students have said during writing class after sharing, “You’re right, Ms Edwards, writing is hard fun.”
So, for reflection and learning, for hope in good and hard times, write for some hard fun.
Write down moments
Coffee Photo: Sheri Edwards, Flickr
Deer Photo, by Scott Hunter, used with permission
Doodle by Sheri Edwards
This post is:
Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers
Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Make a stain with a drink; Doodle it into something.
Doodling Song: It’s a Beautiful Morning by The Rascals
Part of Margaret Gibson’s DigiLit Sunday