Book Spine Poetry: Slice of Life #sol21 20/31

Here’s the thing about book spine poetry: it’s impossible to create just one. Here’s the other thing about book spine poetry: it makes a big mess of your books. I now have half finished poems stacked all over my office! Oh, and one more thing about book spine poetry: cats are very curious about the…

Screenshots: Slice of Life #sol21 19/31

My iPhone is a more reliable tool for capturing and retracing my mind’s wanderings than my writer’s notebook. Images are my favorite form of note-taking. Screenshots capture my learning, wonders, curiosities, and commitments. I snap places I want to travel and poems I need to share with my students. I snap other teacher’s whiteboards, other…

Right Now: Slice of Life #sol21 16/31

Right now, I’m indulging myself in a slow morning of slice reading, commenting, fishing for a slice of my own. What will strike me to write about today? Maybe pandemic hobbies. Maybe feral cat caretaking. Maybe something I haven’t discovered yet. Right now, my lap is warm and heavy and rumbly with cat. Orange Oliver…

Lockdown Lists: Slice of Life #sol21 14/31

I borrowed the idea of reflecting on a year of Covid lockdown in the form of lists from Mary at Write Between the Lines. Top 5 Saving Graces of 2020 My mom. For our daily walks, incessant texting, and excellent shared cat content (she’s got 5 cats including a new Detroit feral rescue!). Also, she…

Ratty Tabby: Slice of Life #sol21 13/31

We never meant for Ratty Tabby to be named Ratty Tabby, but somehow the name stuck. She showed up in August, skin and bones, eyes glassy and sunken, barely able to walk. We called her Ratty Tabby to distinguish her from the other tabbies who showed up on our porch. “The ratty-looking tabby is out…

Reading During a Pandemic: Slice of Life #sol21 12/31

That’s what I thought my pandemic reading year would look like. Not that anyone thought it would be a year back then. Two or three months, I thought, maybe the summer. We all had energy in March. We were listening to the Berlin Philharmonic and taking drawing classes and streaming opera and attending daily PD…