“You’re disappointed in me,” Pere concluded. “Well, it won’t be the last time, I’m sure. Being a commander, or even an adult, doesn’t mean we know always what’s right. We have to trust the nudges to do what we believe is right. And I think as long as you try to do the right … Continue reading Remaining in the background when things aren’t right isn’t right at all (Sneak peek into the prequel)
The prequel I've been promising is now on Amazon! (There's no greater feeling than waking up in the morning and seeing emails from Kindle Direct that begin with "Congratulations!") This shorter book (180 pages) is a great place to start reading the series. It works as both background and teaser, giving insights to characters you … Continue reading IT’S HERE! The Prequel: “The Walls in the Middle of Idumea.” (And it’s a great place to start reading the series.)
In the coming weeks, many of my graduating seniors will be heading off to college, and as I've chatted with a few of them, it's clear that the reality of what they're doing--leaving rural Maine and heading out in the real, nasty world--is settling on their shoulders as easily as a Ford truck. Questions of, … Continue reading You don’t know what’s down that road, but since even wrong roads can become right, take that road already!
I have five sons, ages 7-25. All of them have some brain damage, and it happens something like this: "Anyway, the little guy came barreling in there, and just as I stepped out, he turned and smacked right into my sword! Clanked his head, I’m sorry to report, but all little boys have to have … Continue reading All boys have some brain damage or they’re not real boys. (or “You’re not going to believe what happened . . .”)
I've created a list by which I gauge those in power: who I should run away from and who I'll trust for another week. (By the way, the purpose of the world is NOT to serve us; this is how every major conflict begins.) Now I won't be naive and pretend that in the past … Continue reading Three ways to evaluate those who hold political power: when to run away and when to give them another week
I feel stupid confessing this, but I was slightly freaked out by Europe. We came back last month from eleven days in Rome and Greece, and while I was prepared for the trip, many silly things deeply worried me. For example, the electrical outlets--two little holes? And their electricity is "different" than American/Canadian electricity? Isn't … Continue reading The world isn’t what you think it is, and why should it be?
I never expected to ever visit Rome and Greece. Never expected to have a large family, or teach high school, or write an entire books series, or now write a prequel . . . That's right! A new prequel is coming this summer!
This is my mantra, because I am a coward, always have been. Yet I recently found myself sitting in Logan Airport in Boston, MA and realized I’d gotten there all by myself which, just a few years ago, would have been impossible. I’m scared of traveling because too many things can go wrong. I hate … Continue reading I know it’s scary; do it anyway.
One of my favorite writings assignments I give my 10th graders is the "Optimism, Gratitude, and Grit" write-up. We're reading a holocaust memoir, and we talk about the qualities the survivors had in common: 1) the ability to maintain hope and optimism; 2) a feeling of gratitude, no matter the circumstances; and 3) grit and … Continue reading Optimism, Gratitude, and Grit can together defeat fear
The entire reason for my attending a class as a grad student was to argue with the professor. She was on one side politically, I was on the other. I respected the woman immensely, but daggum, did she know how to push my buttons every week! It was like she was TRYING to make me … Continue reading You can’t manipulate the educated, which is why they don’t want us educated