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If We Were Having Coffee 19/31 #sol23
If we were having coffee, I’d ask how your writing is going. I’d tell you that I try to make it a point not to repeat forms or formats more than once during the March Slicing Challenge, but here I am with my second Weekend Coffee Share. I’d confess that this month, I feel more…
Another Thing I Love about Detroit 18/31 #sol23
There’s a long list of things I love about living in Detroit, but here’s one of my favorites: you’re driving down a street you haven’t been on before, and suddenly there’s the greatest mural in the world painted on a building in front of you. I had this experience last weekend. Driving home from a…
5 Celebrations for the Week 17/31 #sol23
What are you celebrating today?
Marlon and Jake Read Dead People 16/31 #sol23
Since September 2021, my favorite podcast has only released two episodes. There have been periodic promises of more, one-minute teasers that would pop up in the podcast feed and get my hopes up. But then months would go by with nothing. Until yesterday. Yesterday morning, I opened my podcast app to select something to listen…
Why I Missed My Bedtime: A Memoir in 3 Photos and 6 Words 15/31 #sol23
A six-word memoir with three photos to explain why I couldn’t get off the chaise and go to my bedroom: Late to bed because of Pickles.
Bedtime Reading 14/31 #sol23
Bedtime reading brings out my inner Goldilocks. A bedtime book can’t be too exciting or too slow. It can’t be too demanding or too fluffy. It can’t be stimulating: I do not want to be up past my bedtime because I can’t stop reading–or thinking. But I still need to be engaged. It can’t be…
Building a Dream School 13/31 #sol23
Natasha at Tending Bulbs has issued the perfect March invitation to all of us to join her in building a dream school of fellow slicers. What would you teach? We’ll have to be a K-12 school, because I teach 12th-grade students. I could maybe teach 11th graders, but that is as young as I want…
Weekend Coffee Share 12/31 #sol23
If we were having coffee, we would definitely talk about the weather because it’s snowing AGAIN. I like the snow, so I’m not complaining (though I am ready for spring), and we’ve had some bright sunny days in between the clouds. Right now, everything is snow-colored outside: the air, the sky, the roofs of the…
How We Met Pickles: A Photo Essay
Pickles was never supposed to be cat #9. He was supposed to stay outside with his feral mama and papa and his feral siblings. Here he is the very first time I saw him. Four siblings are tucked under that hosta, protected by Mama, but there goes Pickles venturing down the driveway to attack a…
Snow Day 10/31 #sol23
My teachers’ chats were lively last night as we all stayed up past our bedtimes, waiting for our district to announce a school closure for today. The snow hadn’t even started, and last week’s prediction of eight inches hadn’t amounted to nearly so much. March weather is unpredictable in Michigan. I thought schools might want…
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