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As heard in a fourth grade classroom, part 1

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These were submitted to me by a fourth grade teacher friend of mine. Don’t worry. There’s more where these came from.
So proud of having hung our school American flag, one of my students points it out to me:
Girl: Look at the American flag! I hung it… Doesn’t it look good?
Me: Wow!! You did a beautiful job. Looks great!
Girl: Thanks… I know. I do good things, and I look good doing ’em.

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A gift to all you writer types

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I don’t know if you’re already aware of Studio C, the clean comedy sketch show on Youtube, but I am HOOKED, y’all! Some of them are so funny I can barely breathe from laughing. (And some of them are just okay, but you can’t hit it out of the park every time.)

“Teddy’s Story Joint” is among my favorites. The rest of you authors or aspiring authors ought to get a kick out of it, too. Please enjoy and tell me what your favorite parts are. (Mine are “Calvin and Hobbes special” and the Star Wars/Harry Potter connection.) Read the rest of this entry

My daughter’s way with words

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When I was checking my oldest’s writing, I noticed some odd things.

For instance, a word was missing a few letters. When I pointed it out, my daughter said, “Some letters that were invited to the word party didn’t show up.”

Um, let’s have them arrive late then, shall we?

Then I asked, “Why are the quotation marks falling down to the line?”

She responded, “Somebody put rocks in them.”quotation marks 2

And finally, I dared to ask why a comma was floating above the line.

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We suffered a terrible loss.

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But then it was found.

My daughter’s book.

(I know. That was a horribly misleading title, wasn’t it? But, you love me anyway.)

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This series is her latest craze.

My eight-year-old is rarely to be seen without her face buried in a book. At the table, in the bathroom, in the car, in the cart at the grocery store. I just have to pile the food items around her.

Yesterday she couldn’t find her book. A rare occurrence, to be sure. She searched high and low through the house but to no avail. My husband said he’d check the car.

Daughter literally (pun!) paced back and forth across the kitchen floor, nibbling on her fingertips, waiting for Father to return. She bore a look of concern like a man at the hospital waiting to find out if his wife made it out of surgery okay. Read the rest of this entry

His kid vs my kids

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You now how some kids take after one parent and others take after the other? Maybe it’s just the look of the child, which is true in our case, but often it’s the personality too. The redheads look most like me, including being a bit taller and having my characteristic long narrow feet (the poor things.) The middle child is blonde like her dad and is capable of tanning (what?! How’d she manage that? Clearly not my kid.) And she’s a natural at math. (Again, where did this child come from?)

So the other day I was cutting up broccoli and was taken by one piece that looked to me like a little broccoli man holding up two little leafy arms. I said, “Awwhh,” because it was so stinkin’ cute!

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It looked like one of these only cuter and with more pronounced “arms.” Go ahead and run in fear all you broccoliphobes. (I’m looking at you, Andrew.)

I showed my husband, and he was like, “I don’t get it.”

Then I showed “my” girls, who with no prompting beyond, “Look at this,” both said, in unison, “Awwhh…” Read the rest of this entry

Music Appreciation 101

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Remember that song from the 90s called “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog? The band was a project of the members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam? (Yes, I know my inner grunge is showing.) Here’s the obligatory video that you probably won’t watch, but maybe you can hit play and listen for a bit to get the gist, if it isn’t obvious from the title.

So this was playing the other day and my ten-year-old daughter commented, “This guy sounds really hungry.”

Her smart genes are inherited, thank you very much!

Next it was this song, another 90s hit, “What’s up?” by 4 Non Blondes in which the singer repeatedly asks, “What’s going on?” Read the rest of this entry

Blog Buddy’s Book

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My apologies, especially to Nina(!), for accidentally hitting the send button instead of the schedule button on this. TODAY, October 18, is the actual launch day of her book. My apologies to those of you who received this post early and with broken links. This is what I get for trying to be ahead of the game. The lesson learned is that I should never try to work ahead. Procrastination is much better. ;)

I’ve been a long-time follower of Nina at Sleeping Should be Easy because she’s brilliant, and she gives great advice. Even though I don’t always fall into the category of parent she’s targeting in her blog posts (like that of a toddler), I find myself reading anyway because she always makes terrific points.

At long last, she has put her wisdom into a book with the apropos title: Parenting with Purpose: How to Raise Well-Behaved Children and Build a Strong Parent-Child Relationship.

And guess what, folks? The book launches TODAY! (Do you hear the trumpet blasts?)

State Trumpeters are pictured during preparations for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) I'd say the book launch is at least this important on a global scale to the royal wedding.

State Trumpeters during preparations for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
I’d say the book launch is at least as important as the royal wedding.

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