Memorial Day

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I found this true story recently and thought I would share.


In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Valley Heights High School in Port Rowan, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school Superintendent, the Principal and the Building Supervisor, she removed all the desks in her classroom.
When the First Period kids entered the room, they discovered that there were no desks.
“Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?” 
She  replied:  “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.” 
They  thought:  “Well, maybe it’s our Grades.”  “No.” she  said. 
“Maybe it’s our behavior.”   She told them:   “No, it’s not even your behavior.” 
And so,  they came and went ~~~ the First Period, Second Period, Third Period. 
Still no desks in the classroom.   Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon, television crews had started gathering at the 
school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her
The final Period of the day came and the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom. 
Martha Cothren said:   “Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom.  Now I am going to tell you.” 
At this  point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven  (27) Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, 
each one carrying a school desk. 
The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in
place, those kids started to understand — 
perhaps for the first time in their lives — just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned. 
Martha  said:   “You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks.  These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world,
giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your
responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. 
They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.   Don’t ever forget it.” 

By the way, this is a true story, and this teacher was awarded Veterans of  Foreign Wars Teacher 
of the Year  in  2006.   She is the daughter of a WWII POW

Let us always remember the Men and Women 
of our
  Military and the rights they have won for us.

Garden Journal web sites

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I am quite sure that there are hundreds of sites that feature everything I have not written about this month! Here are a few I found. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts!







What to put in a Garden Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

In the beginning of your journal you should create a diagram or map of what you intend to plant and where. As you plant perennials,  you might mark them on a base mark and copy it each year creating new plans for annuals.

A future wish list will help if your garden changes due to weather conditions such as floods, etc.

Plant information – seed catalogs, garden books, websites – these are useful.

Date seeds started because you can track performance.

Germination dates- the date you first see the plants emerge from the soil will help you understand your garden.

Weather information- you will want to make notes on the high and low temperatures for the day as well as precipitation and winds.

All of these things and much more are important things to put in your garden journal.

‘Til next time,


Garden Journal Pages

Dear Fellow Journalers,

As I researched this topic more thoroughly, I found that a lot of gardeners embellish their pages with hand-made graphs and pictures of their flowers or produce. Here are some additional ideas from web sites and Pinterest.


Write a page onto a separate piece of paper and incorporate it into your journal page by using a seed envelope glued onto your page and tucking the journal page in it. You can download a seed packet from Print out your color, illustrate the front panel and glue to the back side the page. Slip in the journaling page and fill in the rest of the page.

Journal a flower- Cut colorful paper into petals and a stem. Write your page onto the shapes and glue onto the page.

Here are some sample pages from Google and Bing:

March 9th – We had more torrential rain overnight. I woke up to a flooded garden this morning, but this time a little more than the previous event.

March 12th – After all the rain, followed by a couple of spring days over the weekend, I couldn’t wait to get out to the garden. I wanted to plant flowers but I wrenched my shoulder and now I have to figure out another way.

March 15th – I just walked through the garden and there is a lot to be done. The garden is alive with wisps of flowers peeking through the soil.


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Garden Journal Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

For those of you who need a written incentive to write today, here are a few prompts about gardening.


  1. You can grow the garden of your choice without money or time as a hindrance. What do you grow and why? How do you keep out the rabbits?
     2.  Write about the scents of night flowers.
     3.  Have you ever been alone in a garden?
     4.  What are your thoughts when you turn soil or pull weeds?
     5.  Our gardens reflect who we are, what we need and what we are like. “How does your garden grow?”
     6.  Write about your favorite garden.

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