Category Archives: irony

Preparation

I’ve been thinking about all the preparing we humans tend to do in order to be Super Ready for All the Things. My Kid 2 is overseas right now, teaching English to small Lithuanian children and eating her body weight in beautiful European┬ácheeses. Before she left, she did everything right, including notifying her bank that […]

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How to Get it to Rain

(A Drought-Year User’s Guide) 1. Stare at wilting plants and withering grasses for a month. 2. Gasp in shock, every day, when you somehow forget what 90+ degrees feels like in your yard. 3. Sleep with the AC on, even though you live in the high mountain desert, and everyone knows it gets very cold […]

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Life is Funny.

Funny as in ha-ha-ha, sometimes. Funny as in hmm, that’s odd, more times. Funny as in IRONIC, most times. Why is it, do you think, that we (me, my family, like that) keep having the same struggles over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and […]

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Truly Bad Poetry (Mine)

  –It Kind of Rhymes– Yesterday was a sick day. That’s not very nice. I lay in bed all day long Not even eating rice. Ice cream sounded painful, Cookies are a crock. I’d pay someone some money To bash in my head with a rock. –Sub Haiku– Taught first grade today. How many tears […]

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Satisfaction

You know the most interesting books to read are the ones with interesting characters experiencing all manner of tension? When I teach writing classes, especially to kids and teens, we talk a lot about tension and conflict and how we really want lots of it in out books. But want to know something? It’s not […]

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We Have a WINNER, and Greatest Hits vol. 1

And the winner of the hardcover copy of Ally Condie’s CROSSED is… CHARETTE! I’ve sent her an email to tell her about it, and then I’ll send the copy, and then there’s about to be much rejoicing at the Charette household. — And now, for your reading pleasure, I’d like to give you one of […]

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New! New! New!

I know, right? It’s a new year, and I’m already trampling all over my Exclamation Point Embargo. Hey, you know what? If a girl can’t throw down a few exclamation points, what’s the point of anything? Okay. Sorry. I got carried away. But it IS, in fact, the sort-of-beginning of a new year, the Kids […]

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They’re Baaaack…

I’ve heard. Rumors, you know. I chose not to believe them. But I saw it today. With my own eyes. Pleated jeans. In the store. On a hanger, facing front, for all the world to see. As if there was no shame in it. Oh, the humanity. — Don’t do it, people. Trust me. I […]

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