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Thanksgiving’s over. Over, I say. No more turkey. No more lounging on the couch. No more crossword puzzles with pie. It’s time to get back to work.

Good thing I like work.

I suppose it’s been said before, but one of the nice perks of being a writer is the footgear.

Writing in the Classroom

img_7513A new teacher friend of mine recently asked for some practical steps to increase writing in her classroom. She said she was experienced with teaching essays of the “academic” sort, but her students weren’t naturally engaged, and the curriculum didn’t provide much room for creative writing. She also wasn’t confident about how to begin.

It’s my belief that students need to do far more writing than their teachers can ever read, and we’re cheating them out of some real fun and growth if we don’t provide them with chances to… Continue reading

Cookies to Bake

img_7551We have cookies to bake,
children to raise,
books to write.

We have leaves to rake,
neighborhood meeting minutes to type up,
homework to do.

We have parents to call,
dogs to walk,
bills to pay.

We have gifts to make,
devices to invent,
bones to set.

We have friends
who will suffer
and who won’t see
it coming.

We have new ways 
to learn
for our tribe.

We have cookies to bake,
children to raise,
books to write.

My House is Quiet

Autumn in New England

Autumn in New England

My house is so quiet, my ears feel empty. The click of my keyboard is the loudest sound, and when I stop to idly scratch my face, the brushing sound of my sleeve is followed by the fainter brushing of my fingertip against my cheek. It’s a deep and steady quiet, made for concentrating.

I’m happy to be writing. Have I said that lately? Some days, I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have this work.

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