wondering

the morning, which is mine

January 11, 2021
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I’ve been waking up in the mornings and ignoring my phone. Heating my water for tea and looking out the window instead. I started doing this before Christmas, but in the past week it’s been saving me, as I’m sure you understand. Austin Kleon made me do it. I wrote last month about listening to […]

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why a virtual writer’s workshop might be just what your kids need right now

April 8, 2020

You know I’m worked up about this idea because I made a video for you–the first one ever in almost twelve years here on the Wonder Farm. Noted: I make a lot of ridiculous expressions when I talk. Also, the resolution of this video is too small. I’ll try to fix it before the next […]

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new essay at salon

March 28, 2020
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I’m thrilled to have an essay up at Salon today. For all the families who suddenly find themselves home with their kids. I keep seeing them on social media: The “school schedules” written on kitchen whiteboards, shared proudly by parents newly tasked with home-schooling in the face of a pandemic. Those whiteboards make my heart […]

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re-vision

November 1, 2019
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We came back together a year later, not far from where we’d gathered before. The six of us, in the second residency of our year-long program. We found ourselves in a grand family home this time, rather than on a farm, on the Boquet River in Elizabethtown, far upstate New York. Tall columns out front, […]

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distillation

January 4, 2018

I can’t help but think of 2017 as my year of rejection. That sounds pathetic, and I hesitate to write about it because I’m not snuffling around for pity. The other day, when I began writing my yearly goals in my new Passion Planner, I looked back at last year’s goals. My top goal: “submit stuff!” […]

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it looked familiar, but unfamiliar

June 21, 2017
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I did not recognize them. Large, rounded plants with wands and wands of tiny lavender blossoms, hundreds of them. Absolutely alive with bees. I have never seen so many bees in one place, other than around a beehive, like the hive in my own yard. The bees were crazed for these plants. What were they? […]

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lost and found

April 10, 2017
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I had a beloved coffee cup. Tall and handle-free, white with tiny red flowers and a silicone sleeve. A small chip at the lip. If you know me in real life, you have surely seen it in my grip at one point or another, as I used it constantly and not just for coffee. If […]

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