Sunday, April 6, 2014

Resilience Poetry

I really enjoyed making these poems for the ones that I love. I find that every person I know has, at some time, endured something difficult. Not only have they “endured”, they’ve risen above and found strength. These poems are my tribute to them.

A trembling in the hands
A body rebelling against itself
Cannot hide the fire within
Warrior woman
Fighting pain with every breath
Her existence is determination
Her essence is strength
With a bright light
She endures all
With a bright light
She climbs
My sister is not the earth
Though she is solid and strong
My sister is not the sky
Though her soul shines brightly
My sister is not the wind
Though her truth speaks to all
My sister is fire
An endless flame that warms the heart
A note to the spirit that life resides here
A light in the darkness
Strength in the face of difficulty
My sister is fire


Climb the mountain high
All has not abandoned you
The peak has beauty

Just a little one
She overcomes the past
Future is open

We all have the strength
To endure life’s big lessons
Courage in our bones

Growth’s simple beauty
Bursting through layers of soil
Meeting the sun’s rays


Cruel and angry
Words and actions of many
Cannot stop his swing

A Haiku poem consists of 17 syllables. There are five syllables in the first line, seven in the second line, and five in the third and last line.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More on Resilience...

Here are a few articles you can read, and then write your reflections about.

This first article is from Psychology Today: The Art of Resilience. From the article: " Resilient people do not let adversity define them. They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief by perceiving bad times as a temporary state of affairs."

A blog article by PBS about the characteristics of resilience, and how to develop it.

The Resilience Center Website.

A website devoted to Thomas Edison.

Angela Lee Duckworth Ted Talk about "Grit":

A website devoted to the ever-fabulous Maya Angelou.

Last, but not least, is a blog post from the Harvard Business Review. Of course, this article articulates WHY it is an important asset to be resilient in the modern workplace.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


What is resilience? How does someone become resilient?

What would happen if everything were "easy" in life? What happens when people endure and overcome difficult circumstances?

In our jewelry class this term we are exploring resilience and strength. Just as the flame strengthens metal, difficult circumstances strengthen the human spirit. YOU are more resilient than you think. YOU are stronger than you think. Let's learn more about strength and resilience in these wonderful videos:

Resilient Historical Figures (there are many, MANY more!):

1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Frederick Douglass
3. Maya Angelou
4. Babe Ruth
5. Jackie Robinson
6. Dr. Seuss
7. Harriet Tubman
8. Franklin D. Roosevelt
9. Michael Jordan
10. Walt Disney
11. Helen Keller
12. Chuck Close
13. Stephen Hawking
14. Christopher Reeves
15. Amelia Earhart
16. Sacagawea
17. Frida Kahlo
18. Tina Turner
19. Alice Walker
20. Gloria Marie Steinem
21. Elizabeth Blackwell
22. Martin Luther King, Jr.
23. Dr. Temple Grandin
24. Ray Charles
25. J.K. Rowling
26. Wright Brothers
27. David Peltzer
28. Dalai Lama
29. Albert Einstein
30. Elie Wiesel
31. Anne Frank
32. Ghandi
33. David Faber
34. Nelson Mandela
35. Thomas Edison
36. Malala Yousafzai
37. George Dawson
38. Melba Patillo Beals
39. Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng and Alephonsian Deng
40. Susan G. Komen

A BIG thanks to Mrs. Kerr for the idea! Thank you!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Student Work!

Ah, the end of term three has passed. You all did a terrific job and I'm proud of your growth and creativity!
Here are a few bits and pieces from the fabulous final projects and a couple of "Photo Friday" images as well:

Student Work: Vines

Extra Credit "Vine" Stop Motions. 6 seconds or less!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cardboard Challenge!

Last night my daughter Maya participated in Cherry Creek School District's first Cardboard Challenge. Started by nine year old Caine Monroy and film maker Nirvan Mullick this has become a movement to inspire innovation in people of all ages. The story of how Nirvan discovered Caine's arcade has gone viral:

At Eaglecrest High School I was fascinated by the cardboard creations and impressed by the dedication of the students. I watched my own daughter work for hours every day after school, for three weeks, until she had finished her project. Best of all, she doesn't plan on stopping. She is continuing to form additional cardboard pieces. What better way to inspire creativity, play, and innovation?

My intent was to take pictures of all of the students' work, but there wasn't enough time. I did have the pleasure of playing many of the games. My photos don't even begin to do the projects justice. For one, many of them are kinetic and interactive. In addition, you can't capture the sheer joy and passion that these students have for their work. Speaking to them you could really see their enthusiasm.

A working piano! The Empire State Building complete with a moving airplane! A working telephone! Magical forest complete with "live" dragon and dragon eggs! An outfit made entirely out of recyclable materials and another entrepreneurial "shop" selling purses made of similar materials (complete with infomercial)! A recreation of the 2014 Winter Olympics games complete with medic tent and a moving gondola! There were even time machines! These items are just a few of the wonderful projects that were entered.

I am so proud of not only my daughter, but of all the participants. Keep on creating!

For more information, here is the official website:
Imagination Website

A few images:

The Mission of
"The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine. We envision a world in which creativity is a core social value and a critical skill developed in every child; where the innate passion, curiosity and creativity of children is nurtured in schools, homes and communities everywhere; where all children are taught to be creative thinkers and doers, and encouraged to make their very best ideas happen in the world."

For those of you that are curious, Maya made a volcano powered doll house. Her dolls now have a throne room, a treasure room guarded by a dragon, an outdoor patio with a pond, a kitchen filled with delicious treats, a martial arts room, and a bedroom. My favorite part is that her house is heated by the volcano, which was made with an almond milk bottle and the orange netting.

Note: Maya made this for her Monster High dolls, but did not make the Monster High dolls herself.