Archive for the 'Journal' Category

How to Handle Worksheet Homework

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

When your child greets you at the end of the school day crying, “I’m stressed! I have yesterday’s worksheet to finish and today’s and the spelling homework! I hate school!” — that is disquieting. After six hours of sitting (with 35 minutes of total recess) and doing what one is told, to end the day […]

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To Do Homework, or Not to Do Homework?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

It’s the beginning of the school year. Several friends on Facebook posted laments about homework and their children’s resistance. So I thought I’d write my thoughts down. Some of these were extracted from a letter I saw on someone’s blog awhile back. But first, our history of homework: In TK, the teacher assigned two double-sided […]

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Phoning It In

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

I’ve been doing the bare minimum for the household recently. And I feel like I’ve checked-out in the mothering department a bit too. Escaping into good novels and such. It’s the doldrums of summer. I spent today going through my cookbook, sorting herbs and spices, and taking inventory of the pantry. This way I can […]

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Our First Wildlife Rescue

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Late Sunday morning, I was wiping the kitchen counter and thinking about what I would do with Claire that day. We were getting a late start and had not gone to church. In my left eye’s peripheral vision I noticed motion. I looked over, and there sat a little Western Screech Owl on a table […]

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The Risk of Assumption

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Last year in first grade, Claire adored her teacher. Her teacher was wonderful, warm, funny, and had high expectations. She loves kids. At the end of the year, though, Claire began saying that her teacher hated her. This total 180 in her perception startled me. She also said she didn’t love her teacher anymore. Claire […]

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Contented Dazzlement

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

I sit on the chair with the cat, Smokey, a soft gray comma curved against my leg. I notice cool air skimming my bare toes. I feel sleepy, hypnotized by the steady march of the wall clock’s second hand. What should I write? What does the world want to hear? I could be, should be, […]

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Tenacity

Monday, July 13th, 2015

In Yellowstone, we stopped for lunch by the roadside using the provided wood picnic tables. This plant was our companion. Life takes root anywhere.

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Car Talk – But Not the NPR Show

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

The other day Claire and I were headed to Popeye’s for supper. The car started, but it wouldn’t shift into gear. Hub was able to override a safety mechanism to force it into gear and drove it to our local Honda dealer. They thought it was a switch failure, and since the car is warrantied, […]

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Ubiquity

Friday, July 10th, 2015

“One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world – your little carved-out sphere – is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart. One day you have parents; the next day you’re an orphan. One day you have a place and a path. The […]

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At Home

Friday, July 10th, 2015

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! –John Muir

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