Back from the Fields

Catherine Johnson:

Here’s another one I couldn’t resist posting. I love ‘snaggle_toothed’

Originally posted on Teacher as Transformer:

When we are children, we are free to just be. Somehow, we lose this being as we mature. We are serious, but it is fun, fantastic, and ordinary things that make a good day.

Peter Everwine reminds me when returning from the fields it is important to remember visible and invisible reminders of what makes a good day. Sometimes, it is barbs, snaggle-teeth, and grinning ones that are easily overlooked. I don’t notice what attached as I ran in the fields. I recall them later as literal and figurative reminders of my adventures.

Until nightfall my son ran in the fields,

looking for God knows what.

Flowers, perhaps. Odd birds on the wing.

Something to fill an empty spot.

Maybe a luminous angel

or a country girl with a secret dark.

He came back empty-handed,

or so I thought.

Now I find them:

thistles, goatheads,

the barbed weeds

all those…

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Earth Song

Catherine Johnson:

Great Earth Day poem by Violet Nesdoley

Originally posted on Violet Nesdoly / poems:

Toronto ON, area from the air

View ascending from Toronto, ON airport, June 2013

Earth Song

They call me sod
loam, dirt
clay, turf, dust.

In cahoots with rain, rocks and roots
worms and grubs
perforated by ants and moles
aquifers and oil

veined with lead, copper, gold
and hiding diamonds and coal
cables, wires and pipes

I hold your huts and your tents
your houses and barns
anchor your bridges, apartments and high-rises.

In beds below rivers
lakes and oceans
I slumber.
In the open I bask in sun’s warmth
sprout and nourish your food.

Sometimes I seizure
shudder and quake
vomit magma
belch steam and ash

or slump and ooze
tongues of brown porridge
smothering your villages and roads
in mud.

But mostly I am solid and safe
keeping you upright
with my mysterious magnetic powers.

Feed me wisely
for I ingest
without discrimination

and someday soon
you will join me.
I will reclaim…

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On Earth Day and beyond

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Fresh from stuffing our faces with chocolate for Easter, it’s ironically time to reflect on our carbon footprint on the world. Let’s each celebrate Earth Day with a small effort. Here’s some ideas:

No electricity, no running water. What modern conveniences could you/do you live without? http://t.co/aezGP59mrB #EarthDay2014

— eJournalUSA (@eJournal_USA) April 22, 2014


Happy Easter!


May this Easter be filled with fresh new beginnings, lots of chocolate eggs, laughter, new stories and peace to all.

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My lovely and talented friend Julie celebrated Easter with a drawing too.

Happy Easter!


Going self-hosted the painless way


Moving blogs the painless way

No tearing your hair out every day

Watch this video, take some notes and

You’ll have a new blog, bleating goats.

Your own domain name, Johnny Oates.

Pick a free theme or buy yourself a new one.

Apparently you’ll be found better with a new one.

Michael Hyatt’s a really nice guy

He made this video, do give it a try.

The customer support at Bluehost is fantastic.

And WordPress too fits you like elastic.

Don’t delay and get her done.

Procrastinating’s not much fun.


Catherine Johnson, 2014.


Next installment next week on how to configure your WordPress theme. p.s. I really fancy having Bleating Goat as the blog title but I ought to have Catherine Johnson. Too bad ;) Unless I could use it in my tag line with poetry for kids. Goat bleating poetry for kids. Hmm…

Just a note about the video. You might need to watch both the installation of a new WordPress.org blog (self-hosted) and upgrading from WordPress.com which is at the bottom of that post if you already have a WordPress.com blog

Is anyone thinking of going self-hosted? Does this help you make the next step?





Easter Riddle 2

Laura Purdie Salas whose beautiful new book, Water Can Be… is now on my bookshelf, has been doing Haiku Riddles throughout April. They are SO good, check one of them out here.

Since you all enjoyed the egg one, I though I’d shout out to a great blog and an amazing author with another riddle:

If eggs were books, she’s hatched many a dozen.

Take the k off yolk and add a short ending.

Mother hen of children’s books and poetry.

Cluck here to find out who it is writing a very special post at kidlit411.com

Have a great day!



Meet Guest Author Catherine M. Johnson

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Meet New (to me) Authors Blog:

Catherine JohnsonHello! I’m Catherine Johnson, a British Ex-pat who moved from an awesome place called Yorkshire ;) to New Zealand for four years before crossing the pond once again to live in Canada where I am staying (no more moves please – though I do miss NZ and get big pangs for all things English like wellington boots, rainy days, old cottages, sociable train journeys, Countdown, the royals, yorkshire puddings. Okay I’ll stop now *breathesintopaperbag*). I have managed to embrace ice hockey and -20 long winters. The canada geese are beautiful. Go Canada!

I graduated in business on one of those vacation (oops I mean vocation courses) HND Business and Finance and I’m still not business savvy, oh well. I au paired in France and speak un petit peu de francais. I used to be a bit good at Tae Kwon-Do as black belt British Champion. Now I’m so lazy…

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