Students raising their hands during class? I used to think that was a good thing . . . for the first week of teaching. Since then I've discovered that what they say will be as relevant as dandruff shampoo is to Medusa. We may be in the middle of comparing propaganda during WWII to modern … Continue reading A student is raising a hand: brace yourself!
["Lit," by the way, is the trendy way to say "cool," or "neato, daddio." Just typing that last one is totally not "lit".] These lines are what I hope none of my students will ever say about my class: These lines are also why I often read out loud to them, because even though they're 10th graders, … Continue reading Books? Thinking? Are those “lit”?
So it's barely December and already my Christmas budget is looking slim. If you're in the same boat, I've got a great deal for you: ALL of my books--THE ENTIRE SERIES OF 8--for only $3.96 for the download. That's . . . (*she pulls up her calculator on the laptop*) .495 cents per book! (really … Continue reading Tight Christmas budget? Buy 8 books for $3.96 which is only…umm (someone help me with the math) pretty darn cheap for books!
It took Zelda at my church inadvertently shaming my copper bottom pots to help me realize that often we live lower than we should. It started when we were cleaning up after a meal at our church. In the corner had sat a copper-bottom pot, unclaimed for months. Zelda picked it up and frowned. “Disgraceful! … Continue reading She shamed my copper bottom pots, and now I see how everything can be so much better
When the incomparable composer John Williams was shown a cut of "Schindler's List," and Steven Spielberg asked to him to compose the score, Williams was so moved that he humbly said, "You need a better composer." To which Spielberg replied, "I know, but they're all dead." Spielberg himself had put off directing the movie for … Continue reading “I’m not good enough.” “No, you’re not. But there’s no one else to do it.”
In my experience, those who become defensive and angry in a discussion are those who aren't sure their position is correct. They respond with anger when they're afraid of being found out, when they're afraid they might be wrong. That's always been a good reminder for me when I find my ire raising: something's not … Continue reading Defensiveness arises when we suspect we may be wrong
Ever have one of those years when everything changes on you? And does it seem that it happens every year? Yeah, me too. I've come to the conclusion that there's no such thing as "regular" life, that the "good old days" when life was predictable and easy never in fact existed, that when we long … Continue reading Admit it–you want unpredictability and challenges!
What are you favorite lines from the Forest at the Edge book series? I need them! To meme them! Now that I'm teaching high school full-time again, I don't have the luxury of blogging to draw attention to my book series. Then I had an idea: Let the books sell themselves. Why not just publish … Continue reading Send me your favorite lines from ANY of the books and I’ll send you a new bookmark (eventually)
“You’re sophomores now,” I told my new batch of high school students last week, “which means you’re realizing that there’s more going on than you used to think. For example, you’ve been lied to since kindergarten. Answer me this: what color is the sky?” I’ve written about this debate in my first books, and carry the … Continue reading “The sky is blue.” We’ve been giving our kids fake news since kindergarten, and why that’s a growing problem
My past forests have been pathetic. In 2015 when we lived in Utah, I wanted a real forest even though we lived in a desert. I was in the middle of writing this series and it seemed wrong that I didn’t have a real Forest at the Edge of my yard. So we created one that summer … Continue reading The Forest at the Edge of My Yard (or, whatever you’re asked to sacrifice will eventually be no sacrifice at all)