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
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
"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 mornings I need a little more quiet time than most mornings have. Time for coffee, for sitting in my bathrobe looking at nothing, just sitting. Time for the dreams to fade and the body to loosen. Time for prayer or notebook writing or a shower or to just take a minute, or to dress … Continue reading Mornings working from home
Remember when I had my hair shaved on one side of my head, wore clothing all the wrong sizes, and hated everyone my age? Remember when I joined the golf team? Very upstanding! But I never broke 100, and felt dumb with the other girls, and played one tournament, then had a panic attack in … Continue reading Ah, high school memories
I wish someone had told me years and years ago: It is not only OK, it is a gift to possess no authority or expertise whatsoever. Sure, in areas of life in which I am the responsible party, I need authority to carry out my work. And I've spent a good chunk of my professional … Continue reading The blessing of an extreme lack of authority
On time for writing-- and time for praying
News flash: preaching involves writing. I study writing, and I have studied the writing that preachers do, and I am here to tell you: writing is a huge part of preaching. And writing is really, really difficult. The most difficult thing about writing isn't always anything in the writing, it's actually just doing the writing … Continue reading On showing up: Advice to preacher-writers