Category Archives: lists

The Importance of Unimportant Things

As I approached the end of a couple of weeks of blessed school vacations, when the most I had to accomplish in a day was to drive a kid to the skating rink or wash a load of clothes, I started thinking about what I’d need to do every day once school restarted and I […]

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Eavesdropping — A Dialog-Writing Exercise

So yesterday in my Novel Writing class, I sent the kids into the commons for the last 20  minutes of class, which happens to correspond with the lunch they don’t have. The commons was full of teenage humans. I instructed mine to sit down somewhere and start eavesdropping. They were to write down random lines […]

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Open Letter to My Little Girl on Starting High School This Week

You’re doing it. High school. So, natch, I’m doing it – passing out advice. It’s more a list than a letter. Because you’re a busy girl and you’ve got places to go. Here are Things I Know about you starting high school. Ready? 1. Sometimes people are mean. 2. (This is WAY more important than […]

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Capturing the Best Stories

Tonight we have a ladies’ night Literacy activity. We’ve all been instructed to bring a used book to exchange. As obedient as I generally am, I couldn’t do it. I had to go out and buy a new copy of the book I’m exchanging. Partly because I can’t give up my original copy… okay, so Totally […]

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I Wish I’d Never (a short list)

* I wish I’d never quit piano lessons. This is showing itself in a near-daily battle with the 13-year-old over practicing. She wants to quit, and I don’t want her to have this same regret. So we grumble at each other over the dusty little spinet. * I wish I’d never said mean things about […]

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Creative Writing Class

It’s kind of unfair to say, after only a week in school, that I have the most brilliant students in the history of high school, but guys. I kid you not. I have them. Today in Creative Writing, their journal prompt was this quote from Publilius Syrus (whoever that is) – “The pain of the […]

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Happy Making

Here are things that make me happy. My Husband, he whom I adore, has decided he will love 30 Rock. Oh, the joy. “I want to go to there.” My Kid 1 came home for hours and hours on Saturday. We loved all over her. I bought a pair of pants. Stretchy, skinny ones. They […]

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Things I forget

To defrost frozen chicken for dinner that I don’t actually love chicken to wipe bathroom baseboards what happened in the book I read last night to get clothes out of the dryer to draft without editing how much I like putting up the Christmas tree (but I remember how much I like taking it back […]

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