Small Gratitudes: Slice of Life 12/31 #sol17

Waking up early and having an hour or two alone Constant cat companionship Interlibrary loan books Fingerless gloves Yoga in the morning before anyone else is awake Latte art Coffee cake Gummy vitamins Moleskine notebooks Pilot Precise pens Lemon slices in iced water A heavy box from Amazon A Thunder game recorded on the DVR A…

Teacher Desk: Slice of Life 11/31 #sol17

What My Desk Held: Coffee mugs repurposed to hold pens and pencils. Peppermints. Gum. Granola bars. Dry cereal. My writer’s notebook. Paper. Stacks and stacks of paper. Papers to fill out. Papers to pass out. Papers to grade. Copy paper. Lined paper. Colored paper. Construction paper. A red stapler. Usually empty. Kleenex. Hand sanitizer. Lotion.…

When Reading Is Hard: Slice of Life 9/31 #sol17

“I don’t feel like reading,” my son tells me. “I’m tired.” Of course he’s tired. He’s been in avoidance mode for at least four hours. He’s worn himself out watching TV, dribbling the basketball, going for a drive, dribbling the basketball, running errands, dribbling the basketball, playing with the cat, dribbling the basketball, even asking…

Slices Everywhere: Slice of Life 7/31 #sol17

Once the rust of the first couple of days is off, suddenly there are slices everywhere. I enjoy it while I can because I know it won’t last. Somewhere in the third week of the challenge, inspiration will dry up and I will have nothing to say anymore. It will feel like I never had…

9 AM, Coffee Shop: Slice of Life 6/31 #sol17

I’m going old school this morning. Unplugged. It’s just me and my notebook. I turn my phone off. I keep my laptop in my bag. I’m sitting in the local coffee shop, which looks and sounds exactly like a coffee shop should. Exposed stone walls, hardwood floor, mismatched tables and chairs and china cups. There…