Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Slice of Life Story Challenge #14 - 17 Things I Made (Inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

It's the March Slice of Life Story Challenge at Two Writing Teachers!

As many of you know, Amy Krouse Rosenthal died yesterday morning.  I wrote a Slice of Life on March 4th about her essay, "You May Want to Marry My Husband".   The news of her death hit hard.  She inspired many people.  John Green and Malcolm Mitchell were two of them:

First, watch this video about Mitchell, and then read this tribute to Amy.

I've been spending some time watching some of Amy's amazing TED Talks and videos about all the creative projects she was involved in and how she's urged people to live in the present for years.  Her "Beckoning of Lovely" project, started by this video, was amazing.

Watch the results in this video:

The Beckoning of Lovely Story (from start to finish-ish) from Amy Krouse Rosenthal on Vimeo.

Amy was just 51 years old.  Only one year older than I am.  Her story is inspiring me now.  I thought I'd use her "17 Things I Made" as an inspiration for a Slice of Life.  I shared the idea with my students, and we brainstormed lists in our writer's notebooks today.  I decided to make an Animoto video of mine:

A couple students wrote Slices on this tonight, too:

Thank you, Amy, for encouraging us to think about creating things, connecting, being joyful and playful, enjoying the present.  You will be missed!


  1. Oh, how Amy's story has broken my heart too. I wrote about Amy twice so far this month too. I absolutely love your 17 things I made video. So sweet and full of memories.

  2. What a beautiful 17 things you've made. I love that! Thank you for the wonderful post in her honor as well. I've been watching and clicking through the links. Thank you!

  3. I love, love, love your video. Really a special tribute

  4. This video is so touching...you truly have a beautiful life! :) I'm so sad about the loss of AKR, too.

  5. Oh my gosh I love your video so much! (And YES to cliffhangers!) What an incredible and powerful tribute.

  6. Holly, thank you for sharing all the links and the thoughts about Amy. Your post was lovely and touching, especially your video. I read and wrote a comment to Madelyn.