Miles to Go

Shonda* says that for her, writing – good writing – waits behind a door. “And that door is five miles away. Those five miles are just…writing crap and doodling and trying to have an idea and surfing the internet and hoping like hell not to get so distracted that you give up” (Year of Yes, p. 277). She…

here AND gone

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means that I am failing in another area of my life. -Shonda Rhimes I did not go to work today. I planned to, all the way back to the day that I made the appointment. Micah has had over twenty…

As the Spider Flies

Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold, Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul. Walt Whitman (1868) If you had driven past our house last weekend, you would have likely seen three figures standing on the front porch or out in the yard, staring —…

Back in the Saddle

Music is streaming from ‘Dad’s Tablet.’ Tap Continue to start streaming music on this device instead. Cancel       Continue What to do? What to do?  He is still at work. Cancel. Okay, new plan:  Google Play.  Soldier, you’ve got twenty seconds.  Go!  Play.  Circling. Ahhh! an ad for the election!  4-3-2-1-Skip Ad! Now turn it…

#freshlife

We spent a full week in the Florida Keys this summer.  By the second day, Micah was already scouting out places where he could work until we could find the right property to purchase. Yes, we enjoy the #saltlife. Snorkeling.  Boating.  Fishing. Sunshine.  Cocktails ’til three in the morning.  Cocktails at three in the afternoon. …

How This Works

I should have painted the house today.  I thought about it.  And got sidetracked:  I worked, we worked on our puzzle, and then Cam convinced me to help her work on the go-kart. The carburetor needs replacing.  She has most of the bolts out already, so instead of picking up a paint brush, I pick…

Play Personality

Understanding child development is serious business, but teaching isn’t; teaching is about ensuring a joyful, challenging journey for each child.  How can we do that if we do not remain joyful and challenged ourselves? So which play personality are you? From Stuart Brown’s work, Kristi Mraz and Christine Hertz, the authors of Kids 1st from Day…

Lead Learner

I was already doing fifteen over the speed limit this morning when I looked up in my rear view mirror and saw the black Nissan with the symbol of its maker catching the light of the morning sun, as if it had recently been washed, or at least shined since the last drop of cloud-fall. …

A Walk in the Park

I left my computer at home today.  But I was sure to bring along my notebooks. My professional one, in case I decided to dig into my latest work on whole-group reading instruction. My fictional one, so that I could capture the thoughts that came to me as I was straightening my hair this morning. …

Prognosis

“I don’t like it.” He says what we’ve been thinking.  Of course it can’t be good.  “It’s better than it could have been.” The Mayo Clinic reports, “The most common cause of aphasia is brain damage resulting from a stroke — the blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Loss of blood…