Welcome

Welcome!

Dear Reader,

I am no one without you. I may not know you, but I write for you, reader. You are my Muse. Here is an overview of what you will find here.

Letters Home

I began this blog at the same time I made the resolution to leave classroom teaching to become a writer. Through blogging, I created a practice of writing publicly about personal concerns. Early entries are password protected. Ask me for the password if you are interested.

I call the blog Letters Home. I have lived far from home at many times in my life, and much of my earlier writing was in the form of letters. I wrote letters home to report on the experiences I was having abroad and through writing to sustain a sense connection to a place of safety and security. What home means has evolved over the years, but I think I write these blogs for the same reason. By writing about diverse experiences I am trying to bring them home and make sense of them.

Photo Gallery

I take pictures all the time with my cell phone. I have shared them widely on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some also ended up here.

Occasional Poems

There is a tradition in my family to write poems on special occasions: weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and more. My mother writes a Valentine poem for each of her eight grandchildren every year! These poems represent my participation in this family tradition. I was especially proud to write a poem for my student who was a finalist in the national spelling bee. I would gladly accept a commission to write an occasional poem for someone outside my family who deserves celebration in verse.

Haiku

From the end of 2012 until the beginning of 2019, I published hundreds of haiku on Twitter as @qerese. My haiku have also appeared in anthologies, online and print journals, and three self-published chapbooks. This page contains some of my earlier haiku.

ALPHA IS FOR ANTHROPOS

This is the page for  Alpha is for Anthropos, a collection of my  original nursery rhymes for teaching Ancient Greek to children with illustrations by Lucy Bell Wait Jarka-Sellers in the style of red figure vase paintings.


 

2 Responses to Welcome

  1. Nina Barclay says:

    Hello, I am writing a fan comment for Alpha is for Anthropos. I teach high school Greek in CT. I’ve occasionally taught outreach programs and so was delighted to see how much you were able to achieve. Lucy’s artwork is superb, and the humor and room for expansion in presenting the songs is great. My high school kids have begged to color and sing as well. (So we have!) I can’t wait to use it with younger students. You made my Saturnalia. Thank you!

  2. thsellers says:

    Dear Nina,
    Thank you for your lovely comment. I hope you will forgive my terrible delay in responding. I only discovered it today! I am delighted that you have been able to use our book, pictures and songs with your students. I appreciate how you recognize the potential for expansion in the material. The whole thing needs the touch of an inspired teacher to come alive. You are clearly such a teacher. Very best wishes to you and. Io Saturnalia!
    Therese

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