History Class, Life, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized

Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

One view of Merriman Falls, located on the south shore of Lake Quinault Spring has reached the Pacific Northwest. The year-round shadows of Washington's evergreens are interspersed with fresh spouting leaves of maples and clusters of blooming rhododendron. The cold drizzle has started to turn to...well, warmer drizzle. It's time to venture outdoors! After searching… Continue reading Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

Life, Poetry, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Marvelous Mountains and Marmots

Hello Readers, Writers, and Nature Lovers! Summer is winding to a close, and taking with it chances to explore the outdoors before school begins again. The Clare family decided to seize the sunshine last week and explore one of my favorite places in Washington—Mt. Rainier National Park.  This isn't the first visit to Rainer that… Continue reading Marvelous Mountains and Marmots

Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

The mad rush of the school year has consumed our lives. Between keeping up with the kids' homework and laundry and lunches, and managing teaching duties with the end of the first quarter looming ahead... well, let's not think about all of that right now. Fall break and family visits gave the Clare family excellent… Continue reading Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

Life, Poetry, Storytelling, Uncategorized

Great Blue Heron

Teaching Creative Writing was an excellent excuse to play around a bit with concrete poetry. (i.e. poetry where the shape of the text can be as important as the words in conveying a message.) The text is below, in case it's to difficult to read, though I do like it less without the proper shape.… Continue reading Great Blue Heron

History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2

Exploring Point No Point

Sun! The Sun has returned! I've mentioned before that finding family adventures is a challenge during the Pacific Northwest's interminable rainy season. When the sun comes back, everything changes. It takes a little adjusting, as pale, waterlogged people exit their houses, blinking and cringing in the glare. (A radio station once told me that Seattle… Continue reading Exploring Point No Point

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Elephant Bill: Saving Lives in WW2 Burma

"Mommy, why do you like reading about war?" I suppose the question shouldn't have surprised me. My eldest is an observant, curious child, and she'd asked questions about my history books before. I'd shared little stories and anecdotes nothing too heavy or unsettling. This...it wasn't a question I was prepared for. I didn't have a… Continue reading Elephant Bill: Saving Lives in WW2 Burma