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Category: reflection

The Ketchup Incident

You have enough time. I have to remind myself of this often. I constantly fight the lie of the world that says there is not enough time. Because there is. When I was Hannah’s age, 13, I started a quote book. One quote that I penned decades ago has been pricking at my mind and tonight I flipped through the yellow-edged pages just to find this: “Don’t say you don’t have enough time to change the world. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given… Read more The Ketchup Incident

Teaching Paragraphing

Last night Annabel Hurlburt and I were talking about helping fourth grade writers organize their narratives with paragraphs. Annabel has done an incredible job of helping her students think in scenes and craft a story. As we were looking at some drafts, we realized starting new paragraphs wasn’t automatic for most writers in the room. I was reminded of the tricky nature of knowing when to start a new paragraph. Several years ago, I posed the question to Two Writing Teacher readers: How do you know when to start a… Read more Teaching Paragraphing

Put Down the Pepsi!

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. — Psalm 29:11 2012 was a year of healing for me. During this year, I shifted my eating habits. It began by removing Pepsi from my daily menu. Then slowing down how fast I put food into my mouth.  Then tackling sugar. Then eating as close to natural and whole foods as possible. Then only eating when I was actually hungry. I found it to be true that I felt better when I didn’t eat so… Read more Put Down the Pepsi!


Today I learned in one of his speeches Martin Luther KingJr. quoted scripture from Matthew 10 and then said: Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. I’m learning to serve. I want to stop walking by needs. I want to stop feeling a… Read more Serve.