See this photo of our latest snowstorm? Look closer—see all the spots on the image when I turn on my camera's flash? Ladybugs. No, no, no—don’t start saying, “Oh, how sweet!” because they aren’t. Not one bit. They are everywhere. Hundreds, every single day, springing up in the oddest of places. Usually I find them … Continue reading How an invasion of ladybugs brought down this pacifist and is making her rethink her stance on guns.
There's the notion of the family-changers, the cycle-breakers, the ones who look at a long line of behavior and/or abuses and decide, "This is not a legacy I will continue. My children's lives will be markedly different than mine." It's the realization that just because you were treated one way doesn't mean you have to … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser: The best beginning, the ones who change the future
Each of my writing classes was subjected to the following experiment. I’d divide the students into three groups, have all of them close their eyes, then, one group at a time, they’d open their eyes to read three words on the board. The first group would read this: After they closed their eyes, I’d erase … Continue reading Why there will be different answers to these questions, and why that’s ok
He was sleeping happily on the couch when we hoisting him upright and informed him, “It’s time to go. Get up!” If you’ve never roused a four-year-old from a late-afternoon nap, you have no idea of the battle which ensues. He did not want to go, and he demonstrated that by shouting and flailing. Hiding … Continue reading The parable of the protesting preschooler (or, when God drags us kicking and screaming)
I hate and love change. Sometimes change is most welcome: when you finally get a new job; when you finally move into that better place, and when that baby finally decides to be born. There are times when change is desired, sought after, even prayed and begged for. The change that cancer is in remission. … Continue reading Four reasons why change is the best, crappiest thing that can happen to you.