Category Archives: character

Making the Time

I’ve been learning. Studying about creativity at the feet of those who make it their mission to permit the rest of us to drink at the wells of creation. It’s a seriously joyful experience. (Want to try it? Watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s remarkable TED talk, here. Listen to her “Big Magic” podcast. Immerse yourself in all […]

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Nourish and Flex

My words for the summer: Nourish and Flex. Physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually. This is what I want for me this summer. Nourishment and Flexion. I want to nourish me, but I also want to nourish other people. Specifically the ones who live in my house, but also other ones. A friend of Kid 2’s […]

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Judgment

So I had occasion this week to take a group of students to be judged. They are our school’s Sterling Scholars, a designation that implies excellence in scholastic endeavors and a focus in a particular category. These kids have spent the past six months working on educational portfolios full of 500-word essays. They’ve bought suits. […]

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Open Letter to the High School Kid who Played Ball with my Boy

Thank you. I’m not talking to the You who was my student, or the You who is a poet. Right now I’m talking to the You my boy watches at the varsity basketball games. The You who makes effortless three-pointers. The You who smiles and congratulates other players who play well – on your team […]

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Women’s Pull

There is a lot to say about this Pioneer Trek we did last week [1]. Some of it is only to say to each other. But some of it I don’t want to forget, so I’m going to say it here. Four days of camping in a dress. Moving on. There is this thing, apparently […]

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Screaming

We are not a screaming family. Husband is quiet. I holler, but mostly happily / spastically [1]. The Kids as a group are quiet-ish, subtle in their emotions. Except for Kid 3, who is unsubtle as a Defining Character Trait, and we love that about her. So I’ve been all braggy about this on FaceBook, […]

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New York Today

So I’m standing on the East Balcony in Grand Central Station. Why, you ask? Because I am a Tourist. Also I love pretty buildings, and I like to go inside them. Also? The Apple Store does free wifi, unlike my otherwise totally charming upper easy side hotel. Shall I give you a taste? Italian food. […]

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Weird Hair

So I was talking with a person lately. (This is news, right?) And the person has, well, really weird hair. I can’t describe it to you, because I’m not that good a writer. Just kidding. Because I don’t want to offend any more people this week. It’s a goal. Let us just leave it at […]

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