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Thursday, Sept. 21st was International Peace Day.  I don’t think I would have known this without the intentional movement by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.  Her efforts to promote Peace Day resulted in this padlet of wonderful resources.

I wish I could’ve taught Peace Day all week, but I reserved it for Thursday.  My students explored peace poems, made peace heart maps, and wrote poems of their own.  We had a wonderful celebration of peace.

Peace Heart Map by Jacob

Peace and Harmony
by Jacob

I am a seed
spreading across the world
filling the world
with peace and harmony.
Leaves shaped of hearts
making everyone
feel happiness.  

Peace Heart Map by Madison

On the Wings of a Butterfly
By Madison

Peace to come
on the wings
of a butterfly.

Peace to come
to silent wars
with melodies of peace.

Peace to come
in the purr
of a cat.

Peace to come
in your heart.
Let it spread.

Over at Today’s Little Ditty, Carole Boston Weatherford created a challenge to write an abecedarian poem.  I wrote one for peace and added it to Michelle’s padlet here.

Abecedarian Peace Poem

A peaceful world can
Caring will make it so.

Dance with
Each other
Face to face; Don’t
Give in to

Inch by inch we
Join our
Kindred hearts with
Only when
Peace is our

Resist a hateful
Your own
Zydeco two-step of Peace!

–Margaret Simon, 2017, all rights reserved.


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Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for the Slice of Life Challenge.



Out of your whole life give but a moment!
All of your life that has gone before,
All to come after it,—so you ignore,
So you make perfect the present
My friend, Julieanne, sent me the above poem.  She said it made her think of me.  My One Little Word for 2016 was Present.  She knew I didn’t want to leave this word behind.  Being present served me well this year, especially when I was laid up by an injury.  Present was perfect for a trip to Africa in July and for enjoying every moment of my daughter’s wedding in October.  I have loved my daily walks because of presence.  And the word turned up again and again in my daily messages from the Enneagram Institute.  I needed the word.  I needed the feeling.  I needed the attitude.
I’ve struggled for days over what my new word should be.  I read other friends’ posts and found their words fit them just right.  Ruth is being steadfast.  Tara wants to believe in herself and in hope.  Kimberley is releasing to try to be more open and less controlling.  Melanie chose brave.  I think she’s already brave, but it helps to choose a word that you want to embrace.
Where was my word hiding?
I wrote a poem in my journal about Peace.  Peace is a beautiful word; peace is something I can recognize, but I can’t control it.
Peace–happy ending of a Hallmark movie.
Peace– origami cranes on an evergreen tree.
Peace– wood crackling on an open fire.
Peace– breathing new air.
Peace– making perfect the present.
I made a list of possible words:
  1. Treasure
  2. Create
  3. Intent
  4. Brave
  5. Inspire
  6. Grace
  7. Renew
  8. Goodwill

All good words, but each word made some requirement of me that I was not ready to take on.  Can’t I just be present again?

Then I began looking more closely at treasure.  The definition included a synonym that felt right, fit right, is right!



Cherish is the fruit of the tree of Presence.

Cherish embraces me in love.

Cherish fills me with hope.

Cherish 2017, here we go!

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