NanoWrimo Revisited

This is my fourth endeavor with NanoWrimo. For the first, I took on the personal challenge and met the goal-- hell, I exceeded the goal, and I turned out some pretty good material to work with. During April of that same year, I took on the task of editing for NanoCamp month while my first... Continue Reading →


Following Sea

Long Island Sound 2015 Time is a ghost out here on the open water. Thoughts ebb & flow like crashing waves. And, you and I, our sea legs planted, silently being. Your fishing line taut with promise of a catch. Me, immersed in a novel-- all the hopeful possibilities. Taking turns at the helm, we... Continue Reading →

Building a FAMILY TREE: Legacy

Mirror MUSES

A HOW TO GUIDE & My Personal Journey

Madsen Norman family


I’m unsure whether my curiosity for nostalgia originated from my mother’s side or my father’s. To be sure, I listened to the tales of lives of those I both knew and only knew of from my maternal grandparents and my paternal grandmother and great-grandparents. I had the great fortune of knowing most of my great grandparents, a distinct honor not bestowed upon many, I know. This, in part, is due to my parents becoming parents at such a young age. I was an oops baby, the one that set my family’s journey in motion. Perhaps that’s where the curiosity originated. I could listen for hours to any of my grandparents telling me stories of old. “Back in the day,” as they almost always began.
Angela, my maternal grandmother, always told me stories of relationships. Of who got along with whom and the…

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Empty Nest: Someday is Today

A vignette of the youngest of three and only daughter going off to college… It had been looming. But I put it out of my mind. Concerned  myself with matters of the day. Reminding Alexa to write her thank you notes. Going to Target one last time, although we’d said that last time. Keeping up... Continue Reading →

Summer’s Promise: Reading Wrap-up 2015

Throughout the school year, I accumulate a pile of novels I want to read that I simply don’t have time for when I’m reading novels with students for, often, four courses simultaneously. I’m lucky if I eek out a reading-for-pleasure novel a quarter during the course of the school year. Each summer, I look forward... Continue Reading →


Every teacher knows a good lesson when she experiences one. The energy in the room is high, students are leaning in eager to see what comes next, they are completely focused and engaged; then, when the bell rings, they leave the room talking with their peers about the experience. For me, every single year, acting... Continue Reading →

The Signature of your Beliefs: Creating a Motto

The thing about being a teacher is that whatever I experience, whether it's an activity, an article or book that I'm reading, or simply something observed, my mind thinks like a teacher. How could I use this in the classroom? What does this connect to? An overarching web extends deep and wide over all that... Continue Reading →

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