In these posts I reflect on education, writing instruction and poetry. I am planting seeds and seedlings–i.e., thoughts about what honors the potential in each of us. I am reflective by nature, but at this stage in my career, it makes extra sense to take stock, prune unproductive strategies and offer to other professional educators my ideas about what works and why. These writings help me clarify how I want to spend my time with students. I want to be a good steward of our time together. To borrow from Seamus Heaney’s introduction to his Beowulf translation, I would like students to be able to say, “my heart lifted again, the world widened, something was furthered.” To this I aspire.