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…

Butt Cake: Slice of Life #sol18

My son woke up uncharacteristically late yesterday morning, which made him cranky. He doesn’t like to miss the morning any more than I do. “What would you like for breakfast?” I asked. I love everything about eating breakfast and everything about making breakfast. If I had my way, all three meals in the day would…

Cheetah Run: Slice of Life #sol18

I was pretty sure I’d get through this life without ever visiting San Diego, and I was okay with that. Much as I wanted to see its zoo, I’m not a Southern California vacation kind of person. Don’t like crowds. Don’t like sun. Don’t like beaches unless they’re the cold ones where you need jackets…

The Problem with Travel: Slice of Life #sol18

The problem with travel, of course, is that cats must stay home. I know there are cats who travel, because I’ve read the books. Peter Gethers’s The Cat Who Went to Paris, for example, which I read when it was first published in 1992, convinced me I needed a traveling cat, preferably a Scottish fold.…

World’s Largest Prairie Dog Statue: Slice of Life #sol18

There are many reasons why I love living in South Dakota, and one of them is definitely its high number of oddball roadside attractions. Life-sized or near-life-sized or just really, really large dinosaur replicas abound. (I drove by three of them yesterday, and I wasn’t even trying.) There is a whole “palace” made of corn.…