It begins still and dark, then beeps and stretches. Shower running, light streaming in from the bathroom, I know my time is running short. He comes close and kisses my … Continue Reading Starting the Day (Ruth’s SOLS 2/31)
Hello March: I’m glad you’re here — even though you are filled with blustery weather and even a bit of snow, I’ve been waiting for you. Waiting for the hope … Continue Reading Hello March! (Ruth’s Slice of Life)
I am fortunate for so many reasons, but for today’s slice it is because I get to be a mom. Just like every morning I gave Sam and Stephanie, Mom and … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Keep You Forever Hug.
I spend a lot of time in the car. Not only do I drive fifty minutes to get to the school where I’m currently working, but I also drive during … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Driving.
When I giggle at my goal as a fifth grader to write a story a day, collecting thick purple folders of words and pictures, stapled into books, I remember the process … Continue Reading Why Memoir Monday?
There’s a kid in my class that I’m continually impressed by. His answers are straight-out honest and typically thoughtful. He participates, even though at first glance I didn’t think he … Continue Reading Slice of Life: Conferring
About a year ago I recorded our bedtime routine — I should do that again, considering there’s two extra kids in on the gig. It’s funny, though, how much of … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: The Morning.
Each morning, near 5:20 am, I am reflecting on my daily bible reading and devotions. A hot cup of tea keeps my frigid hands warm. I am completely ready for … Continue Reading Ruth’s Slice of Life: 5:23 am
Growing up, we traveled deep into the hills of the Ozarks in Arkansas for Thanksgiving dinner with my grandparents. We used to sing, “Through the river and over the hills … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Thanksgiving
I was asked to submit a piece of writing for a little newsletter the All-Write Consortium is putting together. The focuse for this issue is Why Workshop? So I refined … Continue Reading Response PLEASE!
On Saturday morning the little guy wanted to join me on some errands. I relented. Even though I was looking forward to some time alone, just browsing through stores, I … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Shopping Fools.
It’s unexpected time alone right now. I was headed off to grab my laptop in order to get some work done and not be sucked into the blog world. On … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Good Mail.
Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid. (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.
I read in Katie Wood Ray’s Study Driven: Showing what surrounds a character can help the reader understand a lot about the character (34). It inspired me to write about … Continue Reading Ruth’s Slice of Life: Messy Bedroom.
From TWT_2 My dog died on Saturday around 5:30 pm. Actually, it’s unfair to say my dog, because during the school year, she was Andy’s dog. She was my dog during … Continue Reading Memoir Monday: Sascha 1999 – 2008.
With the start of the year, I’ve noticed several teachers having students use their names to make acrostic poems. I was reminded of a post Stacey wrote * about encouraging … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: An Original Acrostic.
Here’s a Slice of Life that I can hardly wait to experience . . . (Is it a SOLS if it’s yet to come? I suppose, since I’ve experienced it … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: October.
Fierce wonderings is a term coined by Ralph Fletcher in his book A Writer’s Notebook, which if you don’t have, you need to go straight to Amazon.com & order it! I’ve … Continue Reading fierce wonderings