The Beauty in Grief Dec30

The Beauty in Grief

The Beauty in Grief   I haven’t written for quite a while, now.  It has bothered me, but grief and anxiety shut my writing powers off for a time. A dear woman, and close friend of our family, passed away over Thansgiving weekend.  I was priveledged to be among her family, serving...

Books! Books! Books! Nov18

Books! Books! Books!

Books! Books! Books!   My husband and I are deep in NaNoWriMo-creation-mode right now, so this blog post will be quick.  Leaving an appropriate quote for today, attributed to American musician Frank Zappa:   So many books, so little time.   Exactly my thoughts Mr. Zappa. Back...

Christmas Card Alternatives Nov14

Christmas Card Alter...

Christmas Card Alternatives     I read the remarks of a lovely friend today, asking around about Christmas card alternatives.  She was wondering what other people do instead of giving the traditional holiday cards.  Realizing that it’s not yet Thanksgiving, but also realizing...

Newbery Medal Award ...

Newbery Medal Award Books in my Lifetime   Before I was an educator, and before I was a mother, I was a reader first.  I have fond memories of long hours spent in the company of good books — staying up past my bedtime to finish just one more chapter that turned into spending all...

Fight a Good Fight Nov07

Fight a Good Fight

Fight a Good Fight     Chris Jami, American poet and author said   “To me it seems that too many young women of this time share the same creed. ‘Live, laugh, love, be nothing but happy, experience everything, et cetera et cetera.’ How monotonous, how useless this...

Touchdown to Touch the Heart Nov06

Touchdown to Touch the Heart

Touchdown to Touch the Heart   My middle school years were the hardest of my school career.  I was relatively new to the area, hadn’t grown up with the kids that I went to school with, and like all of the people around me, was just entering puberty.  Navigating the social environment at that age is scary anyway, and adding in pre-teen hormones, it’s a wonder any actual learning happens during those years.  I was a normally functioning twelve year old, and considering how tough it was for me to make it through, I was incredibly impressed by a story that I caught on Facebook and CBS News today.   In Olivet, Michigan, a...

Mack the Cheese: Vegetarian Comfort Food Nov04

Mack the Cheese: Veg...

Mack the Cheese: Vegetarian Comfort Food   I was looking around for a favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe for a friend today, and realized that I’ve LOST it!  Lost the entire recipe book actually.  Trying not to sob, and remember the ingredients, amounts, and order of...

Thy Fellow Man Nov03

Thy Fellow Man

Thy Fellow Man   Today, in Primary (Sunday school for children in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) the children were working on learning the hymn “Because I Have Been Given Much”.  The lyrics of this beautiful hymn that they are working on were originally a...

Making Your Superhero Super! Nov02

Making Your Superher...

Making Your Superhero Super!   Let’s plot our story.  A boy who gets a bite from a genetically enhanced spider.  Wait, that’s Spiderman.  Okay.  A kid saved from a destroyed planet, raised by a farming family, with incredible strength and laser eyes and flying capabilities....

NaNoWriMo: Lace Up Your Writing Shoes Nov01

NaNoWriMo: Lace Up Y...

NaNoWriMo: Lace Up Your Writing Shoes     This is it.  This year is your year.  You’re finally going to do it.  You’re finally going to write a novel.  You’re finally going to be involved in NaNoWriMo.  Today is day one of the next thirty writing days of your life....

Instant DIY Ninja Oct30

Instant DIY Ninja

Instant DIY Ninja   All of my children — the girls and the boys alike — love to be ninjas.  Though only two of them want to do the ninja thing for Halloween this year, they love to dress up as little kicky, punchy, sword-wieldy, stealthy fighters all year long.  We have...