Monarch Grove in Winter


It’s the first day of the new year. Last year I greeted the morning with a walk on a labyrinth, repeating my new year’s mantra, “Peace. Patience. Kindness. Strength.” A phrase I repeated over and over throughout the year. But, this is a new year. We went to the Monarch Grove at Ardenwood, to see the place the butterflies winter. A miracle of nature.

This week I read Barbara Kingsolver’s new book Flight Behavior. I read it, reflecting all the while on human nature, insect nature, the power of love, forgiveness, family, determination, science, nurture, patience, and faith. It’s a unique and talented writer who can layer and weave so many stories into one compelling tale of past, present and future, rebirth and redemption. When I finished it, I had a new appreciation for the power of the written word to reveal the deepest truths about our own flawed and salvageable hearts. And I was in awe of the amazing, migratory creatures who follow a predetermined path for survival. What do their lives reveal about us?

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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