2018

Learning Wonders

I’ve debated writing about this for several years. I haven’t wanted to reveal too much about my young son that he might not want me to say. But something about losing my mother has made me brave. And the more I research and learn about how to help my kid love learning, the more I… READ MORE >>

Dear Readers, I cannot yet touch the full subject of losing my mother at the end of May. Most likely, I never will. But I do want to tell you about the beautiful people who have done so much to hold me up. People have mowed my lawn, pulled weeds, packed boxes, bought all the… READ MORE >>

I debated for some time about whether I should share this here. A speech is not the sort of writing thing I usually do and nothing I’ve blogged about in the past. But I did have to write what I said to the audience as the faculty speaker for graduation last week. And I worked… READ MORE >>

“It’s not being brave if you aren’t scared.” “Yes, but I don’t do anything. I don’t fight at all.” “There are many ways to fight. Maybe you just haven’t been ready. But you’ll be ready next time.” “I don’t want a next time.” “My dear Bayani,” said Ruby. there is always a next time.” I… READ MORE >>

Jennifer Rhee begged her parents for years to let her play the flute. She’d seen someone play at a wedding when she was seven and knew the melodic instrument was for her. Only when she turned nine could her fingers reach the keys so she could begin to study. But ever since that beginning, she’s… READ MORE >>

Story wonders: Notorious RBG

Today, I adopted the calico’s strict sleeping regimen: Sleep until 8:00 am, wake for a few hours, and then sleep more until the kid gets home from school at 3:00 pm. I’ll probably go to bed at my usual early time. I don’t think I’d want to do this all the time, but it’s all… READ MORE >>

The bee sting happened because Splash Mountain closed for renovations of all things. I had grand plans to recreate a family photo with screaming faces from ten years ago but was foiled by Disney’s constant improvement plans. Because of this, Quinton and I waited rather impatiently at the Downtown Disney kiosk for Taylor, the artist… READ MORE >>

I will try not to gush in this post. But I’m not sure I’ll manage it. Last week, I posted about the Tacoma Mother’s Tree–a tree from the era of the middle grade novel I’m writing that I found online in my searches about Wright Park. I posted that I could not find it after… READ MORE >>

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