Abandoning the local primary school was not part of our plan. But after watching our son spend a school year buffeted between his home room and various pullouts intended to bolster his speech, fine motor, reading, math and social skills, we -- and he -- had had enough. To be clear, our public school team was well-meaning, but the more supports they arranged for our son, … Continue reading School off the grid
Humane societies should be required to post warning signs a la car manufacturers: The pets you see here are furrier than they appear.
I love reading (if not using) health tips, and last week's newsletter from from Yoga Download brought me something I could implement with ease: a hot lemon water drink in the morning. The lovely ladies promoting this habit suggest it will make skin glow, keep colds at bay and bring an energy boost, among other things. What could be better? They write: "This has … Continue reading Lemon-aid
No excuses. No explanations. I'm restarting my dog where I left off. I mean blog. Hi there.
When I spent a year or so as an Outside magazine subscriber, the most striking thing I learned was that I was not a member of its target demographic. For those who haven't seen this mag, I'll tell you that the cover generally features an uber-fit young guy doing something, well, active. (Outside's tagline is "Live the Active Life," after all.) … Continue reading Adventure writing for the rest of us
Here is a quote that poet Alicia Ostriker shared during an AWP 2012 panel discussion titled "God at Every Gate." From the Talmud: It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task; neither are you free to relinquish it. These are words that comfort and exhort. Hearing them, I felt some peace -- both … Continue reading For those doing heavy lifting
Well, Paul Lisicky, now you've done it. You told a story I can't get out of my mind, and now I've started this blog. I can envision that elderly writer you described, the one who told of her foray into blogging, the first time she clicked the "publish" button, her rebellious smile as she felt … Continue reading I’m in