Author Archives: Terry Connelly

About Terry Connelly

Terry Connelly is a retired high school English teacher. She earned her BA and Single Subject Teaching credential from California State University of the East Bay, in Hayward, California. She taught for 18 years at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, California. She was gifted to work with both College Prep students and those with learning disabilities.

Misconceptions

I believed in Santa Claus. I loved Santa so much that every time I saw one, I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I wrote him letters as soon as I was capable. I dreamt of him, constructed rituals around … Continue reading

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Feeling Proud

I have never been an arrogant person. For much of my life I’ve been shy, Backward Afraid to exude confidence. Pride does not come to me willfully. It sneaks up like a mouse in the night. It catches me unaware, … Continue reading

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Counting Blessings

Every year at this time we stop to give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives. I have been blessed in so many ways that it would be impossible to list them all. Every morning when I wake … Continue reading

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Fascination with Trees

I can’t recall a time when I was not drawn to trees. They amaze me. Day after day they change. Imagine something that grows taller and wider at such incrementally slow pace that it is invisible to the eye. They … Continue reading

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First Love

He sat next to me in Kindergarten, A lovely, blond-haired boy With tons of freckles on his cheeks. His blue eyes sparkled When he spoke to me. I was so enthralled by him That I was speechless. Dumbfounded. Mute. But … Continue reading

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Cloud Watching

When I was young I spent hours lying on my back Staring at the clouds And wondering what they were. Sometimes a rabbit or cow. Maybe an old man or woman. Occasionally a car or truck. Most importantly, They represented … Continue reading

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The Ocean

I know that you are there, But I cannot see you. I hear the ever-changing pattern Of your waves pounding the shore, Over and over you crash against the sand, Breaking it into increasingly smaller pieces. You pull shells and … Continue reading

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