Sidebar

Category Archives: On Learning

Dirty hands

A month ago I started doing a CSA workshare at a local farm one morning a week in exchange for a full share of weekly produce. I wanted to get my hands on the fresh vegetables and learn a few … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On the World | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Not just the facts

I was getting ready for an interview recently, a follow-up phone call for a magazine piece profiling a semi-famous person. An entrepreneur who’d started off on the completely wrong foot before finding the right calling as a television personality, and … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On the World, On Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Night shift

Driving past highway construction last night, had a heated conversation with the younger boys about jobs that sometimes require working when other people are sleeping. Nope, shouldn’t be necessary, says the 5yo. “What about doctors and nurses in hospitals?” I … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On Parenting | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Dustpan People: Are Grammatically Accurate Writers Less Creative?

   The other day a friend asked me if I’d help line-edit his manuscript. He’s tight on time and I can barely make my own deadlines, but I agreed—mostly because I like him and his book, but also because proofreading … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Rabbit In The Soccer Net

  The other day my six-year-old ran in the house screaming: “A RABBIT IS STUCK IN THE SOCCER NET!” When I went outside the poor thing was writhing frantic, the webbing wrapped double around its neck. The line was so … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On Parenting, On Reading, Wild Kingdom | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Loosen the Leash

(http://beyondthemargins NULL.com/btm/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BTMDogIsMyCopilot1 NULL.jpg)By Nichole Bernier (http://beyondthemargins NULL.com/author/nicholebernier/) As I’ve mentioned here a few times, we have a young Bernese Mountain Dog. We got her last summer at 8 weeks old and named her Cricket because she was the least graceful … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On Relationships, On Writing, Wild Kingdom | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Myth of the Perfect Start

The log was 30 feet up in the air, a sort of telephone pole of a balance beam. I was supposed to walk from one end to the other, holding onto nothing. The rest of the group had done it. … Continue reading

Topics: On Faith, Hope & Love, On Learning | 2 Comments

First You Crawl

I went to a dance pageant recently, a holiday performance of ballet, modern and jazz with local girls age 6-16. Actually, I have no idea how old the dancers were. Some were clearly 25, which is amazing, since I know … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Own Your Opinions, Kids

One of my children told me recently that he couldn’t ever be a reviewer — of books, art, restaurants, or a sports columnist — because he didn’t want to hurt people’s feelings. (Never mind that just a few weeks before, … Continue reading

Topics: On Learning, On Parenting, On Writing | 2 Comments

Daring to Care: What fostering animals taught me about parenting

The kids were clamoring for a new pet. A year earlier we’d said goodbye to our dog, and before that, the cat. In between was an unsuccessful series of hermit crabs. When each one crossed that proverbial rainbow bridge in … Continue reading

Topics: On Faith, Hope & Love, On Learning, On Parenting, Wild Kingdom | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment