The Magic Pencil

When I look back on my 22 years of teaching elementary education, one of my favorite areas of the curriculum was creative writing.  I have always enjoyed writing children’s poetry and it was something that I could easily incorporate in my classroom daily.    Each year, I presented my students with “magic pencils” for our creative writing time.   As I struggled with what to write about today, I remembered my first and second graders and how they truly believed in their Magic Pencils…


The Magic Pencil

Freddie Frank the firefly
floated through the evening sky,
looking for that special place-
his stardust left a sparkling trace.

Farther and farther Freddie flew,
until he flew no more,
landing on a special star,
right outside my door.

This moment was a brilliant one,
for my pencil came to life-
Freddie said his magic dust
would guide my words in flight.

Ever since that special day,
when Freddie came to me,
My pencil takes the words I say
and gently sets them free…

Dedicated to Clone #7 from
Thanks for the inspiration!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



My Journey Through Art

I love paint!  I have always loved paint!  Growing up, if Dad had a painting project, I was his girl.  By the end of the day, Dad’s task would always be finished with pride.  But, I was consistently left covered, from head to toe, in a rainbow of colors and probably wasted more paint than Dad would have liked.  To this day, I end up having as much paint on me as I do on the canvas.  Everything I do, I do with love and passion! Continue reading “My Journey Through Art”

Unlock and Unleash

When I think back on my childhood, some of my most vibrant memories are from the moments I would sit in my tiny bedroom, with grandma’s rickety card table, creating critters out of TicTac containers, cotton balls, and pipe cleaners. I would spend hours drawing, painting, and creating with things I would find from the kitchen junk drawer and especially from nature. I loved art, for there was never a wrong answer. Continue reading “Unlock and Unleash”