In March, I blogged every day as part of the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. Every day. I didn't do every day well, or thoroughly, or at the same time every day, but I did it. Not going to lie, it felt amazing. My professional work and my own experience have … Continue reading Force of Habit
Invited to a classroom to write with some first and third graders:"You won't scare the kids!" Nice thought, but truly, I wouldwere masking not still a thing.No amount of stickersor "Write On!" t-shirtor smiling enthusiasmor typewriter socksor book-print leggingsor punctuation skirtor gimmick or trick or jokecould make it less scary that Ihad both jaws broken … Continue reading Scary story
My whole life, I've had a desire to somehow measure physical pain in a uniform way. Like so many other important human things, pain is on the inside of us, not the outside. Maybe sometimes we can see the cause of the pain, like a cut or a swollen foot. But the pain itself is … Continue reading Some facts about pain
Not a good idea Tried to move the couch myself And now it is stuck WHY did I have to start this alone at 9pm?!
Alexa, tell us a joke Alexa, do you hate us? Alexa, announce "Alexa, announce" Alexa, you're not my bestie Alexa, does the government listen in to our conversations? Alexa, tell Jeff Bezos he sucks Alexa, what's Jeff Bezos's favorite song? (the answer was Don't Stop Believing) Alexa, how do you hide a body? Alexa, are … Continue reading Things some kids have said to Alexa today
It’s the opposite of a to-do list SalmonRock climbing ErrandsWriting Dancing Eggs Benedict Basement cleaningCultural presentation Podcasts Book shifting Moving furniture Tea and cornbread
A few days ago, my friend Ona over at On A Thought wrote about Spending Time. I can't stop thinking about it. Right when I read it, I went in to comment, thinking something like "Amen!" or "Preach!" But as so often happens to me, once I started writing, I started having things to say. … Continue reading Rest is the best
I suspect that spending time with me, these days, is a bit like walking through a land with that kind of weather that changes in a heartbeat. I don't mean that it just changes the way it does everywhere, like how everywhere I have lived, people say "Don't like the weather in ____? Wait five … Continue reading Talking About the Weather
Things my house and I have in common: mismatchedcolorfulcozywelcomingneeds some worksome projects are perpetually unfinishedleaks here and therefilled with memoriesshared with my best peopleblends old and newlots of bluefull of found items: ground scores, curb scores, thrifts, and giftsouter doors don't always close or open rightdifficult to heatfilled with books and crafts and draftsstuffed with … Continue reading Homeplace
"Are there any writers here?" Being a specialist in teaching writing, writer identity, emotions and writing, and writing research, I ask that question a LOT when I work with any group of people. I have asked it of college freshmen, kindergarteners, and students at every stage in between. I have asked it of beginning teachers … Continue reading Any writers here?