1. Eat Sushi
I think it was my daughter, Ann, who encouraged me to try this adventurous food. Now it’s one of our favorite meals to share.
2. Cross a rainforest on a zip line.
Ann lived in Costa Rica for two years. I did the zip line with her once while visiting. I was terrified and had to do many of the runs tandem with an instructor, but was determined to finish…and I did. (This is also something I will only do once in my life).
3. Write a professional book.
I have to give credit to my co-author, Lynne Dorfman, for persuading me to join her on the writing journey that produced the mentor texts books. I learned so much during the process, and I cherish the opportunities the books have given me to meet dedicated and outstanding teachers all over the country.
4. Plan a state reading conference.
I am currently chair of the Keystone State Reading Association 2015 Conference! I have been at it for almost two years now, learning so much along the way about contracts, negotiating, teamwork, budgets…and the list goes on. Some days I wonder what I was thinking when I took on this project, but I know in the end it will be worth it. I have lots of fantastic people on my committee who are a tremendous help. (Join us in Lancaster, PA Oct. 22-24 if you can!)
5. Participate in the March Slice of Life Challenge
Thanks to the encouragement of Stacey Shubitz, I occasionally posted as part of the Tuesday Slice of Life. She also encouraged me to join in March, but I always had a convenient excuse. Just before this year’s challenge I met a fellow slicer, LeAnn Carpenter (who slices under the name elsie), who also suggested I give it a try – the right words at the right time. I am so glad I decided to take the plunge. I learned so much about myself as a writer and experienced, once again, the power of a community of writers. More about that later.