Tuesday Morning Writing Space: Slice of Life #sol18

A town doesn’t need much for me to fall in love it. One good independent coffee shop will do. Mine opens at 6:30 a.m., and I’m here when the doors are unlocked every Tuesday and Thursday morning. I order the same breakfast–bagel with cream cheese and a side of bacon–and the same coffee–nonfat latte. For…

Soft Starts: Slice of Life #sol18 10/9/18

I first learned the term “soft start” in one of Sara Ahmed’s books. It refers to easing into the school day with gentle choice activities–reading, writing, talking, playing, making. No rigorous academic work to remind kids that school is supposed to be hard. No mindless busy work to get kids quiet and compliant. Kelsey Corter describes…

Introducing Oliver: Slice of Life #sol18

Believe it or not, I wasn’t looking for another cat. We had eight already, and yes, they’re all indoor cats, and even though I really, really, REALLY love cats, even I thought that eight was enough. Mostly I worried about upsetting the delicate balance of the social order by adding more. I think that cats…

Currently: Slice of Life #sol18

Reading… Emma’s Rug, a picture book recommended for a lesson on rereading in Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak’s Still Learning to Read, and An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic, a wonderfully erudite memoir by Daniel Mendelsohn ostensibly about the semester his 81-year-old father enrolled in a seminar on The Odyssey that Mendelsohn…