Remembering Mama: “A Dandelion for My Mother”–Poetry as Solace

Four years ago today, I lost my beloved mother to stage four pancreatic cancer.  She was my best friend, my confidant, my cheerleader, and my heroine.  As always, I find poetry a source of solace, and today I discovered one of the most gorgeous poems I’ve ever read that is fitting for today as I reflect on our love, our times together, and the void her passing has left in my life.  “A Dandelion for My Mother” is written by Jean Nordhaus, mother of one of my favorite nonfiction writers, Hannah Nordhaus.  I hope you will take time to read the words in this poignant and incredibly beautiful poem.


Hello from the Other Side!

For ten years, I blogged at The Unquiet Librarian about all things learning, libraries, and my return to the classroom in 2016-17. This new blog is focused on literacy and Language Arts education, particularly writing instruction and inquiry driven work.

The blog title is inspired by Stanley Kunitz’s poem “The Layers”, a personal favorite and one that reflects my personal and professional journeys of the last ten years.  In this space of sharing and reflection, I’ll write about how I’m “living in the layers” as I continue to grow and evolve as a literacy and Language Arts educator. I am eagerly looking forward to the 2017-18 school year as I join the Lanier High School community as an English Language Arts teacher for grades 11 and 12.

My first “official” post will be published tomorrow—thank you for reading my new blog!

the layers