Off-Topic Tuesday, Teaching, Writing

Just a Teacher Taking Requests

Photo by Amanda Hoving 2019 My students smile hugely when they see me waiting for them in the tiny gym, because this is it, the answer to their repeated question of, “Is it TODAY?!” Their teamwork, good behavior and grit has paid off, their group jar has been filled to the brim with coveted colorful… Continue reading Just a Teacher Taking Requests

Off-Topic Tuesday, Writing

Can the Applause for Accomplishments-Based-On-Age Please Stop Being a Thing?

Family photo created by rawpixel.com - http://www.freepik.com I am no longer 21. Or 31. Beyond that, I don’t wish to get into specifics – in my dreams I haven’t changed much since high school (maturity-wise), and I’d like to keep it that way. The world is still mine for the taking! There are Olympic sports… Continue reading Can the Applause for Accomplishments-Based-On-Age Please Stop Being a Thing?

Blogging, Middle Grade Minded, Writing

Sorry, Aunt Mabel, but Harry’s already sitting there…

'Tis the the season of elastic waistbands and passive aggressive family meals, so I'm over at Middle Grade Minded today talking about my ideal Thanksgiving dinner guests! (Hint: They are fictional! And some of them have magical powers! And vats of brown sugar! And extremely sharp teeth!) Because there's nothing crazy about breaking bread with… Continue reading Sorry, Aunt Mabel, but Harry’s already sitting there…

For Readers, Middle Grade Minded, Writing

A Good Reason to Stay Wrapped Up in Your Burrito Blanket

Image via Inspirexpress.com  Hello, LIFE WARRIORS! I know it's getting chilly. I know it's getting dark. I know your muscles are starting to atrophy under the weight of your slovenly-introverted ways. *stares into the silence* Ok. Just me, then. Well, no matter your current heart rate, if you're in the mood for an autumnal readerly… Continue reading A Good Reason to Stay Wrapped Up in Your Burrito Blanket

Off-Topic Tuesday

Living Life Like the 95-Year-Old in the Parking Lot (While Avoiding Charges of Manslaughter)

Photo by Edu Carvalho on Pexels.com There were two golden years when all four of my children attended the same school together. Each morning, our harried but single-route commute took us through the church parking lot adjoining their school. Most days we were cruising through just as the morning service was letting out. And, most… Continue reading Living Life Like the 95-Year-Old in the Parking Lot (While Avoiding Charges of Manslaughter)

Thinking-About Thursday, Writing

Where a Visit from a Police Officer Demonstrates a Thing or Two About “Presentation”

Photo by Jessica Lewis on Pexels.com Boom Boom Boom The knocking started at 8:30 AM on a muggy-muck Wednesday a couple of weeks ago. Unaccustomed to early-morning visitors (or, any visitors...ever), I half-jogged towards the noise, spying the uniform through the window: navy, crisp, foreboding. My heart rate increased to a hummingbird’s. As I opened… Continue reading Where a Visit from a Police Officer Demonstrates a Thing or Two About “Presentation”