essays in print and audio

“Connecting the Dots,” home/school/life magazine, Spring 2016

Recognizing all my kids have learned in the back seat of the car and while dancing down the cereal aisle.


“When We Were Young,” home/school/life magazine, Winter 2016

Flashing back to 1996, when I still wore little black skirts and decided to homeschool.


“Listening to Lily,” home/school/life magazineFall 2015

My daughter figures out who she is by hopping up on the counter and talking to her mama.


“The Meaty Stuff,” home/school/life magazineSummer 2015

My kid turns a serious project into something fun, and I work through my disappointment by washing dishes.


“The Duomo,” home/school/life magazineSpring 2015

Struggling with whether to let my kid quit a project, or pushing him to continue.


“Game Boy,” home/school/life magazineWinter 2015

Wondering where my kid’s lifelong love of games will lead.


“Dear Just-Beginning-to-Homeschool Me,” home/school/life magazineFall 2014

Offering advice to my seventeen-years-ago self.


“Wonder a Lot” (links to full column), home/school/life magazineSummer 2014

I admit that seventeen years of homeschooling have provoked more wondering than answers.


“For the Love of Lemony Snicket,” Literary MamaApril 2014

 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 blogJanuary 2013:

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


“Why Seth Godin and Other Education Reformers Shouldn’t Dismiss Homeschooling,” The Innovative EducatorApril 2012

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


“How Do Kids REALLY Learn to Write?,” Life Learning MagazineMarch/April 2012

Where 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

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 MagazineNov/Dec 2009

Looking back on nearly twenty years of trying to teach myself to write–and realizing 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 eighteen 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

Allowing myself to fall in love with knitting–and worrying that my writing will get jealous.