Great Light

Happy Resurrection Day (Easter) everyone! This poem has been posted before, but I wanted to share it again in honor of Christ’s Resurrection. May you feel the love of Christ as you have never felt it before. 

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6

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All in a School Day (or) Note to My Parents


This poem was inspired by my nearly twenty-five years of experience in elementary and middle school education. The poem begins with outside distractions, but escalates until the student is creating his or her own distractions. The attention span gets shorter as the day goes on, and the diversions (and excuses) get longer. It isn’t something that most easily distracted students can control on their own. I – have – seen – it – all. Fortunately, I find it all quite entertaining.


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