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
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)
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
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
"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?
On an equinox, day and night are of equal length; the dark time and light time balance each other. This Sunday was the Vernal Equinox, but it also was a sort of personal equinox for me. It is a time of turning over to a new season, on levels literal, emotional, metaphorical. There really have … Continue reading Equinox!
Some of those things I won’t have again, but most are coming. I’m definitely having a cookout SOON. With two kinds of potatoes and karaoke.