Month: August 2019

50 things (we hope) our children learned this summer


50 things (we hope) our children learned this summer Cindy and I are not the “Parents of the Year.”  We are just as confused, distracted, overwhelmed, stressed as other parents.  Most days we parent on a wing and a prayer and a beer. Most days we are frauds. Some days our children don’t shower. Some […]

My friend is dead but I’m bring her back to life (or Voodoo)


My friend is dead but I’m bringing her back to life (or Voodoo) For Susan Parker–“Slow down, you crazy child…” And thanks for “fucking” loving me.  On Saturday, a former student emailed me at 2 am to say she’s leaving for Colorado State University in a few hours and can’t find her Creative Writing final, […]

Body+Mind+Soul Sunday


Hey everyone, I believe a good day, a healthy day, a cleansing day, is a day where you energize your body, mind, and soul. Here is this week’s edition of Body+Mind+Soul Sunday– a 3 point list of things that have helped, challenged, informed, and inspired me and I hope they do the same for you. […]

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Are we having fun yet?


Are we having fun yet? All summer long I’ve been helping high school 12th graders write their college applications essays. When we first meet, most students see writing as a chore. Writing, like cleaning their room, is something an adult made them do. They assume writing is simply a matter of slogging through 5 paragraph […]

Body+Mind+Soul Sunday


Hey everyone, I believe a good day, a healthy day, a cleansing day, is a day where you energize your body, mind, and soul. Here is this week’s edition of Body+Mind+Soul Sunday– a 3 point list of things that have helped, challenged, informed, and inspired me and I hope they do the same for you. […]

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Taking your own advice


Taking your own advice The other day my brother dropped 2 cords of firewood in my driveway. Though I appreciate the free firewood the problem is I have to haul the firewood, piece by piece, from the driveway to the deep corner of our backyard to 3-walled, roofed hut where the firewood is kept dry. […]

Body+Mind+Soul Sunday 


Hey everyone, First, I apologize for not getting this post to your inbox on Sunday. I read the calendar wrong. Sorry! So–I’m adding something new to the blog. I believe a good day, a healthy day, a cleansing day, is a day where you energize your body, mind, and soul. But in the demands of […]

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What is a pebble jar and why you should make one


What is a pebble jar and why you should make one Day 20 of the 21 Day Challenge required me to make a pebble jar. What’s a pebble jar? Literally–it’s a jar filled with pebbles. Or in my case, a jar filled with poker chips. Figuratively–each pebble, or poker chip, represents a measure of time. […]