This is a great holiday. Honestly. And not because of the food (although, if Bill Stevenson happens to be preparing your Thanksgiving turkey, then you are One Lucky Eater today). I just think it’s a pretty amazing thing that, as a nation, we take a day to remember to be grateful. We have So Much … More Thanksgiving


I just posted something over here. I could, I realize, post it here, too, but I am not going to do that. So if you’d like to read it (and, by scrolling down one post) see a Very Hilarious video of my friends’ son Luke, then you must leave this blog and go to that … More Mommying

Prayers and Dreams

This past week I found myself revisiting one of my favorite books, Frederick Buechner’s Godric. I’ve read it twice already, and was not disappointed to realize recently that Now would be an excellent time to use the book as an illustration in my classroom. My students and I are smack in the middle of the … More Prayers and Dreams


Today, for the first time in months, I could watch the football game on the screen of my neighbor’s television in the house behind ours, the house that, for all the months of summer, is screened from us by leaves. Today Emma Grace and I went for a bike-ride/walk. She created a basket for her … More Autumn

At Our House

We carved pumpkins tonight. I know, I know. We were supposed to do this about a week and a half ago. But the weekend before Halloween found me grading papers and writing mid-term comments, and then Halloween had to go and fall on a Friday, and who has time to carve pumpkins on a weeknight? … More At Our House

Nameless, Dateless

Life feels new to me today. We closed our play last night, you see (and this word, “closed” makes it seem a Much Bigger Deal than it was, as it only ran two nights. But we are, for now, a small school), and so the day feels less compressed, less hemmed-in than the last weeks … More Nameless, Dateless