["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”?
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!
“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
Get your Forest at the Edge official clock ordered soon to ensure delivery by Christmas. Remember to put "Book Reader" in the message section, and I can refund you back $5. That way, the clock will be only $10, and with shipping (about $3.70 in the US) that's less than $15 for a gift. Also … Continue reading Get your clock for Christmas, and $5 off!
They will also refuse to acknowledge the darkness, even as they crash around blindly. The ancient Israelite prophet Isaiah wrote: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20) I can't bear to list … Continue reading Book 5 teaser–Refuse to see the shining light
I'm ready to burst too! And I think it's in a good way! The paperback proof for Book 5: Safety Assured Leaving East of Medicetti will be in my hands by the end of the week, then it's one more read and edit, some formatting for the ebook versions, and then PUBLISHED! My hope is to … Continue reading Book 5 teaser–Good way to burst?
Book 3: The Mansions of Idumea is in its final editing stages (meaning, I’m going through it when I’m not grading students’ essays, or taking children to lacrosse practice, or cleaning the toddler’s jello mess, or helping another child with homework . . .) I’m hoping to release it by the end of April (yes, … Continue reading Book 3 is coming! (And so is some other great stuff, but you have to read to the end to find out)
Updated for a friend who's wife is, well, confusing him . . . In Forest at the Edge of the World Joriana Shin sends her son a list of how he should behave when his wife is pregnant. A few points are mentioned in the book, but some readers have asked me to post the … Continue reading 17 Rules of Pregnancy for Husbands (updated)
Yesterday a delivery arrived--one that I'd been waiting for, for more than four years now--and once I lugged it into the house I couldn't bear to open it. It was, what I'm now starting to think of it as, my 10th baby. I have nine children (yeah, really--all birthed by me, no twins), but the … Continue reading My 10th child