Defensiveness arises when we suspect we may be wrong

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

Admit it–you want unpredictability and challenges!

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!

“The sky is blue.” We’ve been giving our kids fake news since kindergarten, and why that’s a growing problem

“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 clock for Christmas, and $5 off!

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!

Book 5 teaser–Refuse to see the shining light

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

Book 3 is coming! (And so is some other great stuff, but you have to read to the end to find out)

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)

17 Rules of Pregnancy for Husbands (updated)

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)