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That Thing You Do

Many years ago, not long out of college and still a bit wet behind the ears, I headed off to China. Like any young person worth her salt, I was off to the ends of the earth for better or for worse. The year was 1985, and it was the beginning of my teaching career. […]

The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Things You Should Be Worried About

There’s this thing I’ve been doing a lot lately (no doubt to the annoyance of my family) where in reference to, say, junk in the basement or garage–old bikes, backpacks, canned food (I know, gross, right?)–instead of getting rid of it I say, “Oh well, it’ll come in handy in case of a zombie apocalypse.” […]

Inspiring Young Writers

Originally posted on kindleforkids:
As an author, I’ve met a lot of kids who don’t just enjoy reading my books but also tell me they are writing their own books. As a teacher, writer, and parent, this is exciting. What can we do to foster this interest of writing in our children? The first and…

Inadequacy and Gratefulness As We Head Into the New Year

  Sometimes reading other writers’ blogs makes me feel inadequate. I see how much they get done; that they follow 50+ blogs, actively leaving messages, befriending folks, etc., while at the same time posting several times a week themselves, all the while working on a novel (or three), and perhaps working full-time and/or raising a […]

We Interrupt This Blog

  There are so many things to blog about this fine December morning. There is the woe is me, my coffee maker stopped working unexpectedly tirade. There’s the annual trek to find the perfect tree: it must be tall enough, smell wonderful, have just the perfect spacing between limbs, and of course not have a […]

Frustration, Forgiveness, and Possibly False Accusations

Okay, I have to just do this. For my sanity. To get the remainder of my day back on track. And I promise to recant if I should ever find my accusation is false. I woke up this morning with great intentions. After a cleaning frenzy over the weekend and finishing up working through college […]

And the lucky winner is . . .

Like a snowball careening downhill increasing in size every second, so the Powerball jackpot grows, far surpassing the former record of $365 million. And with every news bulletin we hear, many of us ponder what we would do with 425 million dollars. Seriously, would you even want $425 million? Wouldn’t one million or half a […]