essays in print and audio

“For the Love of Lemony Snicket”

Literary Mama

April 2014

In which I describe how my kids learned to write from a master, on the way to getting the rabbit spayed

 

Series of guest posts: Rhythm of the Home blog

January 2013

“When He’s Here”: In which I get mopey about my oldest going back to college.
“At the Table”: In which I proclaim my love for my kitchen table.
“Talking Books”: In which I argue that kids interrupting during read-alouds is a good thing.
“The Writing Process”: In which I go meta and write about writing.

 

“Why Seth Godin and Other Education Reformers Shouldn’t Dismiss Homeschooling”

The Innovative Educator

April 2012

In which I argue with Seth Godin and invite him over for coffee.

 

“How Do Kids REALLY Learn to Write?

Life Learning Magazine

March/April 2012

In which I gather many of my beliefs about kids and writing into a single handy-dandy package.

 

“The Girl She Means to Be”

get born! magazine

Fall 2010

In which my daughter longs to sing on stage, and I long to know how to help her.


“Be Your Own Best Teacher”

(originally titled “Homeschooling My MFA”)

Natural Life Magazine

November-December 2009

In which I look back on nearly twenty years of trying to teach myself to write–and realize that what I’ve been doing looks a lot like what my kids do as homeschoolers.


“The Never At Home Homeschoolers”–link opens a PDF file

(originally titled “How to Homeschool”)

Mothering

May-June 2008

In which I describe my family’s homeschooling adventures in the guise of a how-to manual. Not that I would ever actually tell anyone how to homeschool–after more than seventeen years, I’m still figuring it out for myself. The essay’s style was shamelessly ripped-off from Lorrie Moore’s brilliant short story “How to Become a Writer.” Do read the original.


“Knitting: A Love Story”

Cast-On podcast

Episode 41

In which I allow myself to fall in love with knitting–and worry that my writing will get jealous.