In conversation today, I heard myself use a line I've used about myself many times, a line that feels truer every time I say it: I am great at big things; I'm terrible at little things. I make no claims about the originality of this line, but I have been saying it since my twenties … Continue reading Doing Hard Things
Still “we don’t know.” The additional pathology results say semi-encouraging things like “no immunological evidence of lymphoma” but also aggravating things like “etiology cannot be concluded based on this analysis.” Dr Fox will be taking his case to their tumor conference on Tuesday and hopes to know more after those experts discuss it. He also … Continue reading The much-awaited appointment yielded zero news!
Some folks know and some folks don't, and there has been a lot of rapidly changing and ambiguous info that has gotten confusing, so if you know my son William and want the medical situation explained in a concise, clear way, here it is. If not, go look at cool animal memes or at today's … Continue reading W Medical situation: Summary/Catch-up post
William rolled into the school year at Delta Middle on wheels! While he’s getting around great on crutches, they’re exhausting, and while he also drives a mean walker, it’s frustratingly slow. So, thanks to friends who shared a youth wheelchair, a school nurse who’s not only highly qualified but also had some relevant mom experience, … Continue reading Picture him rollin (William update)
If you're not excited about the Webb telescope images, you should be. (Yeah, I said it! Should! I am telling you what to do, and I don't even care if it's polite. I'm right here. Go look. Seriously.) They're pictures of as far away as anyone has ever been able to see, and for that … Continue reading What memories and Webb telescope images have in common (TBW #2, #9, #10)
In 1983 and for a while after, the gymnastics center in Northwest Houston that I attended held sleepovers. These were fun extras, like the lock-ins a church youth group might have. But, beyond the normal kid fun of a sleepover my friends, something else happened. My coach, Mike Spiller, whom I adored and whose attention … Continue reading Gymnastics coach Mike Spiller abused me in the 1980s and is still working with kids in Texas gymnastics, circus, and camps (TBW#1)
Ironic? Now serving as Safety Monitor for a USA Swimming event.
Do you have a to-be-read list? Or shelf or pile or bags full, like my kids and I do? Are you such a cool reader kid you call it a TBR? There's an art to the TBR, and I don't have it. Take for example my friend and colleague Rob, who one magical year actually … Continue reading The Big Scary TBW List
My son has a very, very cheap laptop, and I've been surprised how little he uses it. He likes gaming, coding, writing, making videos and podcasts, and all kinds of graphic arts, and this device was a gift for him to expand his skills, to play around in the more powerful and flexible environment of … Continue reading Wrap your learning community in cushy foam?
I've mentioned how 30 consecutive days of blogging in March renewed my desire to be writing as a way of being in my life. It's as though I have remembered for myself all the things I so regularly structure or recommend for others: write informally. Write long and short and fast and slow. Write incompletely. … Continue reading Getting write down to the truth