essays in print and audio
“The Meaty Stuff”
In which my kid turns a serious project into something fun, and I work through my disappointment by washing dishes.
In which I struggle with whether to let my kid quit a project, or pushing him to continue
In which I wonder where my kid’s lifelong love of games will lead
“Dear Just-Beginning-to-Homeschool Me”
In which I offer advice to my seventeen-years-ago self
“Wonder a Lot” (links to full column)
In which I admit that seventeen years of homeschooling have provoked more wondering than answers
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
“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.
The Innovative Educator
In which I argue with Seth Godin and invite him over for coffee.
Life Learning Magazine
In which I gather many of my beliefs about kids and writing into a single handy-dandy package.
get born! magazine
In which my daughter longs to sing on stage, and I long to know how to help her.
(originally titled “Homeschooling My MFA”)
Natural Life Magazine
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”)
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.
In which I allow myself to fall in love with knitting–and worry that my writing will get jealous.