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Here at the POFFF we believe. We believe in ourselves to feel better than we ever imagined possible. So come here to play and discover wonder and delight. Find your fascinated, encouraged and feeling-very-fine fantastic self now! Open Sesame. I Ziggy Zoomba. Zippideedooda, Zippideeay!

Arts Enchantment School Visits in Bowling Green, Ohio

Artist/author Melanie Stinson wants to visit your school. She has incredible stones, magic art cards, enchantment to spare and cool moves.

Melanie attended Crim School in Bowling Green, Ohio, as a child. She would like to visit Crim School with her arts enchantment experiences. She looks forward to going to other schools in northwest Ohio.

You can have Melanie come to your school by telling your teacher, parent, or by commenting after this post. Make sure you put your school, what grade you’re in and your teacher’s name, so Melanie can contact the right person.

Click here to learn about a way for adults to help Melanie serve the schools through sponsorships. Children can contribute pennies or dollars and give them to an adult to contribute to Melanie’s fiscal sponsorship. Everything helps defray the cost of what Melanie does and helps out schools too by assuring continued author visits so young people learn about writing from those who do it.

Action Sentences… to vamp your energy & feel more alive – Let’s Get Moving!

If you’ve dropped by to see what’s new: we’re doing a word detect and explore: It’s also a game with five answers. Answers at bottom of page and they give you even more. Pleeeze don’t look till the end.

1. What’s a four-letter word that means to “Mend” a hole in your sock? _ _ _ _-it.

5. How would you pantomime that four letter word with your hands? But what about with your feet? DO IT NOW with your feet. But take your _ _ _ _ _  off so you stay standing rather than slip-sliding away.

Well, that’s a start.

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Just what are ACTION SENTENCES?

A string of action words – those that make you move in any direction – up, down, low, high, forward, back or side to side – in a special way. You could also move in place and you might do it with rhythm or a special kind of timing… fast slow… really quick or sloooow-motion.

Before you read more, see if you can think up a few Action WORDS and pick your favorites.

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See if you can find one or more HERE: Ready to rock ‘n roll?

  • Freeze or flow or do you already know how to groove and toss with words like these?
  • Don’t quote me on that, but if you can’t raise your standards can you at least meet me where I am?
  • What? You’d rather depart?
  • Snake it, shake it, flip or flop in unless you’d rather drop in.
  • Rumba, Cha cha… are you a dance number or do you lumber, slow and sweet?

Got the gist? Just a little twist and maybe you can snap your fingers, glance at the suggested words and figure eight them into… a circle dance. Come on. TAKE A CHANCE.

Can you contribute to the nation, or, are you glued to your location?

Spot dot Spot dot Spot dot… Freeze.

4. IF YOU STILL HAVEN’T GOT IT… Don’t spell the words out, do them. Fun or just _ _ way to start a dance craze?

Dribble sneeze.
Jump race stop squeeze.
Glide glide glide |walk sideways| sneak backwards| tiptoe now.
Wring hop gallop slither roll creep.

2. Meander like a gander. Duck Duck _ _ _ _ _.

3. If OJ means orange juice, are you T O’d that the first letter of this clue came at the end to confuse you? The first letter of this three-letter word sounds the same as this 3-letter word: _ee.

Take a peek:

ANSWERS

  1. Darn
  2. Goose
  3. Got
  4. My
  5. Socks

What’s in a name? A Natural Response: From Transparent Butterflies to Least Skipperlings

TRANSPARENT BUTTERFLY: All things beautiful do not have to be full of color to be noticed: often in life that which is unnoticed has the most power.

Transparency–what does it allow us to see?

See-through.

Clear–as in clarity–or as in Clear as mud?

transp butterflyWhy do we talk the way we do? Ever wondered that? And where do words come from? Space?

Greta oto is one of a number of similar transparent winged butterflies. It comes from central America, and is found from Mexico to Panama. It is quite common in its zone, but it not easy to find because of its transparent wings, which are a natural camouflage mechanism.

Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Ithomiinae
Latin name: Greta oto
Common name: The Glasswing

Augh-ough. I’m hooked. Glasswing Butterfly is a brush-footed butterfly. The tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass.

This creature sounds like a dancer… maybe a sylph. Brush-footed. What on earth is that? It brushes as it walks? (dancers do this when they do something called battement tendu jete)

Or is it that it’s foot looks like a brush?

It’s positively eerie. I’m getting like… Cinderella’s slipper. It was glass.

But there’s more… lore… It’s a member of the clearwing clade. Is that a club?

Oh. It’s fantasy. Gotta be. No? The clearwing clade is real? Are you a member? Gee. Tell me about it. I might want to join.

The butterfly’s Spanish name is “espejitos”, which means “little mirrors.”

Wait, I remember another cool name… The Least Skipperling

It’s a bug, an insect, an arthropod. Or is it? And what’s least about it? I personally would love to be called a Skipperling. I like skipping and skippers. Is the ling from dingaling? What is a “ling” or is it all one–skipperling. A lingskipper? Ohhh. A ling skipper. It jumps from cloud to cloud. I can see it now.

Oh. Now some of the scientists and naturalists are angry at me. I led them on. They thought they’d come here and discover some new fact. However, I’m not scientist or naturalist, I’m a writer, so I can’t tell you “the facts” unless I do more research or someone latches onto this site who knows and leaves a comment.

I just love the names. It elicits in me some wonder. What is its story? The Glasswing. The Transparent Butterfly. The Least Skipperling. What does it have to tell us about itself, and therefore about life? In facts or not.

Is Least Skipperling the name of a girl born in Australia? Is this a boy from a Native American tribe? Perhaps, this character–if I choose to bring it to life–will be a dog owned by a fairy who lives at sea world. I don’t know yet. Perhaps someone–you–will tell me your version.

Maybe you’ll write about it, or tell its story in pictures, drawn, finger-painted, danced, or taken by camera.

Or maybe, it’s a poem. I think its name is one.betty boop NYC

Whatever it is

To me it’s magic.

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The Middle PrinceSs

The Adventures of Being in the Middle of Everything.

Does this sound like you or someone you know? Probably. Because we’re all royalty and we all are in the middle of something.

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