P.S. I Hate Parks

by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.







Wilson Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas – April 2014

A Week of Reworked Nursery Rhymes

Odilon Redon, "The Egg"

Odilon Redon, “The Egg”

I love nursery rhymes. I read them often to my children and they are pretty easy for them to memorize and most students learn them as early as Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. We all know them. For this week, I am reworking some nursery rhymes to speak to the mothers (or any parent’s) heart. Below are some links that I am using to revisit old favorites. In the meantime, I will also be sharing the original nursery rhymes with my children and exploring ways to work with them and learn from them. So stay tuned and enjoy!

Nursery Rhyme General Information and Lists:




Nursery Rhyme Structure:

A Poem to Cure Kids’ Arguments

(A featured poem from a different author)

The Quarrel

by Maxine Kumin

Said a lightning bug to a firefly,

“Look at the lightning bugs fly by!”

“Silly dunce!” said the fly. “What bug ever flew?

Those are fireflies. And so are you.”

“Bug!” cried the bug. “Fly!” cried the fly.

“Wait!” said a glowworm happening by.

“I’m a worm,” squirmed the worm. “I glimmer all night.

You are worms, both of you. I know that I’m right.”

“Fly!” cried the fly. “Worm!” cried the worm.

“Bug!” cried the bug. “I’m standing firm!”

Back and forth through the dark each shouted his word

Till their quarrel awakened the early bird.

“You three noisy things, you are all related,”

She said to the worm, and promptly ate it.

With a snap of her bill she finished the fly,

And the lightning bug was the last to die.

All glowers and glimmerers, there’s a MORAL:

Shine if you must, but do not quarrel.