On October 30, our church hosted Celebrate Light, as it does every year. My husband and I manned a booth for Chuck the Chicken, and in between scooping out candy for the kids and dipping down to pick up chucked chickens I scanned the crowd for my son. The festival was the one time each… Read More Six months missing.
Sometimes I only have a scent. Ivory Soap. Pine sap. Old Spice. It’s faint, like an afterimage, as Atwood writes in The Handmaid’s Tale. Other times, I catch a memory when I noodle about something peripheral, like the weather of my childhood. And other times, I am knocked into a pit by something that happens,… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Excavation via fresh hurts
If this little boy had shown up as, say, the Joker, that would not have raised the same bristly response as his Daphne costume did. What is it about embracing the feminine that sets Christians on edge? My sons played in my make-up and jewelry when they were five, and they clunked around in my… Read More 5-year-old boy’s costume causes uproar with Christian moms
I had the most amazing encounter with four little cherubs. They were siblings, and one of them, an 8-year-old little girl named Jacqueline, was selling Brown Bag cookies. I was on the phone in my car at a friend’s office, talking to my boss, when these four little happy, hopeful faces appeared at my window.… Read More all that is good in the world
One of my students demonstrated this for us in Children’s Lit, and we all found it so delightful that I asked him to make a quick video that I could post on my blog. He did a lesson on giraffes that you can see in the comments section of my Children’s Lit tab. (at the… Read More How to make a balloon animal
this is utterly delightful (and long-winded LOL) and it reflects how I feel after a 10-day residency with my fellow-writers. (although I do object to the title. Sheesh.)