What Are Vacations For: Slice of Life #sol18

When I was younger, I believed vacations were for being busy. There was plenty of time for rest at home. Vacations were for waking up early, going to sleep late, being constantly on the move, memorizing the early open and late close days of every tourist attraction   to squeeze the most new experiences into each…

Soft Starts: Slice of Life #sol18 10/9/18

I first learned the term “soft start” in one of Sara Ahmed’s books. It refers to easing into the school day with gentle choice activities–reading, writing, talking, playing, making. No rigorous academic work to remind kids that school is supposed to be hard. No mindless busy work to get kids quiet and compliant. Kelsey Corter describes…

Introducing Oliver: Slice of Life #sol18

Believe it or not, I wasn’t looking for another cat. We had eight already, and yes, they’re all indoor cats, and even though I really, really, REALLY love cats, even I thought that eight was enough. Mostly I worried about upsetting the delicate balance of the social order by adding more. I think that cats…

Currently: Slice of Life #sol18

Reading… Emma’s Rug, a picture book recommended for a lesson on rereading in Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak’s Still Learning to Read, and An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic, a wonderfully erudite memoir by Daniel Mendelsohn ostensibly about the semester his 81-year-old father enrolled in a seminar on The Odyssey that Mendelsohn…

Butt Cake: Slice of Life #sol18

My son woke up uncharacteristically late yesterday morning, which made him cranky. He doesn’t like to miss the morning any more than I do. “What would you like for breakfast?” I asked. I love everything about eating breakfast and everything about making breakfast. If I had my way, all three meals in the day would…