Spätzle (Spaetzle) 911 — aka U.S. vs Germany, World Cup

In honor of tomorrow's game, I'm reblogging a post from May 2012, a tribute to my German heritage.   When my son came out of his bedroom this morning wearing black sweatpants tucked into the tops of his yellow soccer socks and a red shirt to celebrate family heritage day at school, I knew I … Continue reading Spätzle (Spaetzle) 911 — aka U.S. vs Germany, World Cup

Writing, Executive Function, and Deep Breathing

I've written about my son, the reluctant writer, in a few other posts:  Writing as Calculus, Open Mic Fright, Celebrate Illustrators!  And now that he's in 4th grade, the pressure is on to produce even more. So when he came home with an assignment to write a newspaper article, using the "Who, What, Where, When, Why, and … Continue reading Writing, Executive Function, and Deep Breathing

Happy Mother’s Day – Photo Prompt

Is there a story hidden in this photo? Here are the facts: A few weeks ago, I visited my niece and her husband, a physician's assistant and a lawyer, parents of two children under the age of four. They are also triathletes who will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Vineman in Sonoma, California this … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day – Photo Prompt

True Story

One of my nieces dated many men on her way to the altar. She stayed close with some, and one in particular, Ted, became a long term friend. At least until he died from cancer. Ted left a twenty-something wife and a young son, Tommy, to figure out their lives without him. They all live … Continue reading True Story

Writing as Calculus

Thinking about writing—and my son. In a recent parent-teacher conference, one of his teachers suggested that my son is a perfectionist, and that’s why he’s so reticent to put words on the page. She told me how she sat down with him one day to brainstorm ideas. As they came up with idea after idea, … Continue reading Writing as Calculus

The Writing Lesson

I confess, I have a son who would rather eat peas than write a solitary paragraph for school. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about his favorite book, what he did over summer break, or some fantabulous story (that he’d love to tell you about, instead). At the beginning of second grade when his class first … Continue reading The Writing Lesson