Writing Teaches Life

It’s not pots we are forming, it’s ourselves.” –M.C. Richards   I love this quote from M.C. Richards. He is talking about the art of pottery, but it could as easily apply to writing as well. I know that it applies to my own writing. With fiction, as I write about how a character might […]

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Writing Gives the Gift of Wonder

“Every aspect of nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe.”     –Carl Sagan   Out taking a walk the other day, I saw a toddler in that familiar crouch, face close to the ground, studiously examining an ant colony. As a parent, I’ve watched my children become fascinated […]

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Writers Never Quit

The first thing to know about writers is that they don’t give up. Lots of people think that being a writer is easy. I mean, how hard can it be to sit around all day and write stories?   Well, it turns out, pretty darn hard. Stories don’t come together by magic. It takes a lot […]

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The Thrill of Real Life Research

Research is creating new knowledge. –Neil Armstrong I haven’t written a blog post for a while. It’s not because I haven’t had anything to say. I always have something to say—just ask my family! The reason I’ve been away is that I’ve been lucky enough to immerse myself in the research for and writing of […]

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Write Like You Care….And You Will!

“Writing that is over-planned and over-rehearsed is juiceless.  Later drafts are about pumping it up.  How much better to have a wild and somewhat unruly first draft, something so full of detail, it’s a question of what we want to leave in, not a question of what still needs to be added.” –Julia Cameron   […]

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Last Day Blues

As a teacher I loved the last day of school.  Obviously, I was looking forward to a summer of no more (school) reading, no more (school) books, no more student’s dirty looks.  But it also provided the perfect time to look back and reflect on the year, to really think about and examine the successes, […]

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Getting Started

“There’s a difference between a work’s beginning and starting to work.” –Twyla Tharp.   In her book, The Creative Habit: Get It and Use It for Life, the acclaimed dancer and choreographer shares the habits and mental approaches she uses to infuse creativity into her own life. For many of us, getting started on any […]

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Happy Birthday John Muir!

The environmentalist John Muir was born on April 21, 1838.  If you are looking for a way to celebrate this great man’s birthday in your classroom, may I humbly suggest using my picture book, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall.  The book tells the story of John Muir’s midnight climb up a rocky ledge beside Yosemite […]

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