Day After thoughts

The wrapping paper is collected, the garbage taken out, the gifts left scattered under the tree. I look at the lights and tinsel glittering on the tree and sit back with a sigh. A great day, full of good things to do and eat, celebrating with family. Feelings of peace, contentment and completeness fill me. I am so blessed, yet I realize that so many others have less, both materialistically and spiritually.

As I reflect on the day, I remember anew Christmases past, full of love, and family some gone some still here and am thankful. There are some things I miss, but other things I have gained. Like seeing the wonder and joy on my grandchildren’s faces when they see you or open gifts. sometimes it is the littlest things that bring so much joy.

That’s important to me to remember- take joy in the little things in life. Live in the moment, with no regrets or sadness. And no bitterness either. As adults we carry so much baggage in our memories. I need to focus on the good and forget the sad or painful memories as the new year, 2019 beckons. What about you?

Holiday Thoughts

What is your favorite Holiday memory?

One of mine is as a child, when our family and any relative who had come to see us would pack up everything and we would grab a favorite new toy and put on coats and boots to walk up the street in the snow covered or slushy road, to my Aunt Cathy’s house for our Christmas luncheon. As we carried gifts along with toys, we felt privileged to be part of such a happy group, knowing that there would be more gifts, fun, surprises and food ahead for us. Once at my Aunt Cathy and Uncle Ray’s we would shed coats, hats, boots and put toys, presents aside until after we had eaten. There we would wait our turn at the “children’s table” overseen by our Uncle Ray, to go get food from the adult table and return to eat before exploring the train set or newest game Uncle Ray had purchased. Playing with the cousins, all close in age to each of us, minus my brother who as the youngest, was also the only boy until two second cousins joined the family a few years later, kept us happy, and occupied for several hours. As the day lengthened and shadows grew outside, we would gather up our gifts, toys, put on coats and hats and get ready for the walk home, knowing we would see other family later that evening and these relative later for New Years Eve.

My twin sister, Janyce Brawn, illustrated the “Christmas Walk” as we called it, years later. This is the picture as seen in a snow globe. Sorry for the sideways image. Check out her site too.

Janet Pierce’s Writing Café Blog

This site is new, so please bear with me as we go on this adventure in writing!

Here are some of my publications. In the future I hope to create a fiction mystery series that focuses on a retired ESL teacher using my Geosemiotic analysis rubric to help solve mysteries her former ESL students have. This is still in the thinking stage though. I am currently revising an inspirational historical novel that has been in the works for many years, but put on the shelf as life, work, family and PhD studies took over. Now that I am retired I have the time!


Pierce, J.L. (2018) Cartoon Speaking Presentations. In TESOL New Ways of Teaching Speaking,2nd ed.Ed. J. Vorholt.

Pierce, J.L. (2018). Name It and Claim It Game. In TESOL New Ways of Teaching Speaking, 2nd ed. Ed. J. Vorholt.

Pierce, J.L. (2017). Teaching English language learners: Cultural implications, communications, connections, and curriculum. Pittsburgh, PA: self-published.

Pierce, J.L. (2015). Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk- Making lessons comprehensible to ELLs, Three Rivers TESOL Spring newsletter.

Pierce, J.L. (2012). Webcast video discussion of TESL-EJ vol. 16 article. October, 2012 at

Pierce, J.L. (2012). “Using Geosemiotic Analysis to Explore Power and Interaction in ESL Classrooms.” In TESL-EJ vol. 16.

Pierce, J. L. (2009) A Co-construction of space trilogy: Examining how ESL teachers, English language learners and classroom designs interact. UMI. 3362439. ProQuest LLC.

Pierce, J.L. (2008). Weaving meaning into ESOL curriculum using thematic matrices. Revitalizing a curriculum for school-age learners. Eds. K. Graves, D. Hayes & J. Sharkey. TESOL: New Alexandria, VA.

Pierce, J. L. (2008). People, place and space or the considerations of a conference coordinator.  Composition & TESOL Students Spotlight. IUP C&T Program online community.

Pierce, J.L. (2007). Jugglers and jockeys: Identity and power in the ESL classroom. Working Papers in Composition & TESOL, Vol. 2, Issue 1 Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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