Epic Battles for Middle School

My son is using Don and Jenny Killgallon’s Paragraphs for Middle School as part of his writing curriculum this year. The idea is to introduce writing concepts, illustrate them with passages from literature, have the student identify and imitate the techniques used in the passages, then have the student practice the techniques in their ownContinue reading “Epic Battles for Middle School”

Habit Experiment: February Recap, March Kickoff

February Recap My goals for February: 1) Do daily FlyLady routines more regularly, particularly bathroom swish-and-swipe and morning and bedtime routines. 2) Streamline my weekly cleaning. 3) Add in 15 minutes a day of zone decluttering/detail cleaning. The daily routines for goal #1 went great. I only missed a total of two swish-and-swipe days, and our toilets andContinue reading “Habit Experiment: February Recap, March Kickoff”

Habit Experiment: January Recap, February Kickoff

January Recap My goal for January was: 1) Write a little something every day. I’ve pretty much done this in January, but I realized I was already pretty much doing it before January, so I’ve not noticed much of a difference this month. As I’ve continued to reevaluate my Habit Experiment, I found this quote from a letter HunterContinue reading “Habit Experiment: January Recap, February Kickoff”

Habit Experiment: December Recap, January Kickoff

December Recap My goal for December was: 1) Read for thirty minutes a day. I didn’t read every day, but this month did help me to shift my perspective on my Habit Experiment. I’ve not been responding well to the detailed plan, to the metrics and all of that, and I’ve not been keeping to my habits very well. I can thinkContinue reading “Habit Experiment: December Recap, January Kickoff”

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey My rating: 4 of 5 stars What began as Mason Currey’s blog, which began as a way to procrastinate writing projects, Daily Rituals is a compilation of the rituals and routines that creatives in various fields follow (or followed) to get their work done. The contents of theContinue reading “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey”

A Writer By Any Other Name

When people ask me, “What do you do?” I get all squirmy inside. I should really come up with a technically true but nevertheless evasive answer, like, “I develop and implement curricula for children learning outside the traditional classroom setting.” Or I could go with, “I read and write reviews about the classics of westernContinue reading “A Writer By Any Other Name”

Scaring Myself Out Of—and Back Into—Writing

Miss Kowalik had curly salt-and-pepper hair that was beautiful to my eight-year-old eyes. She gave us half-sheets of blue-lined paper, that kind that shredded under the slightest pressure from a pink eraser, and told us to write a paragraph just describing something using the five senses. “Don’t exaggerate, just describe,” she instructed. My first creativeContinue reading “Scaring Myself Out Of—and Back Into—Writing”

How Can I Keep From Singing?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’m average. I’m a regular mom, not a Supermom. I write and sing and play the flute, but I don’t stand out above the crowd. I’m not bad at these things, I’m just…average (except in height; there I’m below average). I get the job done—andContinue reading “How Can I Keep From Singing?”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

This is my photographic response to this week’s photo challenge by The Daily Post. I like taking photos, especially for this type of challenge. I find it leads me to see the world differently. And seeing the world differently is something I always find enriching. I don’t require a lot for “escape.” I’d love to takeContinue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape”