Trying my hand at an art I have not touched in 20 years Continue reading 3 May Poems
It was my first time serving as a substitute teacher in a middle school English class. The topic was Mark Twain, and this should have been easy, as I had grown up near the park surrounding the great Missouri author’s … Continue reading On Twain & Tweens
It was like a Windex commercial, except without the laughing crows. The small sparrow on its morning trek was blissfully unaware that the scene ahead was framed by brick and encased in glass. The legal assistant inside the office building … Continue reading Grace for the Sparrow
March 2012 (Reprinted by popular demand!) Today, the girls found a dead little chipmunk in the road. When Abbey and Emily brought it home and were inspecting it in the yard, I suggested that they put it in a box … Continue reading Funeral for a Chipmunk
(Pulled this out from my “archives” and thought it was worth posting.) I sent Em to her room this morning for back talking. When she came out 10 minutes later, she was pulling a pink suitcase and said she was … Continue reading A 6-year-old tries out homelessness (for fun)
So many things in our world are upsetting. We have so many reasons to fear. But in the midst of us are these children of ours who are like sponges and we can help them soak up so much good: … Continue reading A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Parenting “Heroes”
Today I deposited my child into the hands of complete strangers. Actually paid them to take her. That’s kind of bizarre, isn’t it? Sorta like the first time you leave your kid at a new daycare, except with summer camp, … Continue reading Summer Camp: my worst idea yet?
Emism (EHM-iz-um): A quip or quote from my daughter Emily, written for posterity. Well before blogging was within my line of sight, I frequently emailed stories of conversations with Emily to my family and friends. Since starting the WordsnCoffee blog … Continue reading By popular demand: Emisms from the past