What Next?: Slice of Life 31/31 #sol20

It’s the last day of what has surely been the longest March in human history–or at least the longest March in my own history. I began the month with a half-hearted commitment to slicing, coming back more for the community than the writing, and I end the month, grateful for the writing and even more…

Where I Zoom From: Slice of Life 29/31 #sol20

For me, as for many teachers, this has been the week of Zoom. It was a tool I used sparingly before. But now, suddenly, it’s the cornerstone of my work life. I have had dozens of Zoom meetings, webinars, get-togethers, and conferences this week. By Friday, it felt like I no longer teach: I Zoom.…

9 Ways to Read the Morning News: Slice of Life 28/31 #sol20

observe. rage. grieve. despair. observe. disbelieve. renounce. despond. observe. shock. refuse. withdraw. observe. minimize. trivialize. ignore. observe. justify. believe. embrace. observe. interrupt. repudiate. ostracize. observe. silence. repress. sicken. observe. examine. understand. transform. observe. believe. organize. act. I came to write my Slice this morning after reading some news on Twitter. I had an idea to…

ISO: Comfort Reads Slice of Life 26/31 #sol20

When you search for images of comfort reads, there are books, yes, but there are also beds and duvets and cozy blankets, coffee and tea and pillows, cats and bathrobes and slippers. There is a certain kind of novel that appears on lists of recommended comfort reads as well. And it is almost always a…

Comparing Days: Slice of Life 25/31 #sol20

Usually, I wake up early and drive sixty miles across the dark prairie for an hour of writing time at the coffee shop. My weekday morning slices are always written there during March. Music I don’t always like blares through the speakers. Sometimes I have to ask them to turn it down because I’m one…

6 Things You Should Know about Panda: Slice of Life 23/31 #sol20

Today I am challenging myself to write about Panda, the world’s least interesting cat. It’s difficult to put into words what it is that makes Panda so supremely uninteresting. He is neither smart nor stupid, neither affectionate nor standoffish, neither happy nor cranky, neither serious nor funny. His mother and his siblings sparkle with personality…