self examination in writing

“Fiction is nothing less than the subtlest instrument of self-examination and self-display that mankind has invented yet.” John Updike By far, the most challenging reason to write is to lay bare your present thoughts on paper for all to see. Imagine that, complete strangers entering your psyche for a day. Try to write without honesty, … Continue reading

book reviews / write

finding a writing voice

“ I thought of my own writing career. In my early years I’d written some good poems, even won a fellowship, and had a poetry book published. I wrote about the obvious things: being a Jew, my marriage to a non-Jew, the Holocaust, my grandparents. But I realized…it was when Zen crossed my life that … Continue reading

book reviews

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do (by Amy Morin)…A Book Review

This compelling title found me in an airport bookshop. Where else does one peruse books more eagerly than when biding time waiting for boarding? I find most of my favourite titles here. Can I review a book I haven’t read? No, I guess that wouldn’t be fair. But this new title is next on my list. It’s got … Continue reading

book reviews

the original “Shades of Gray”

Brought to you by Sonlight Curriculum… Are you looking for a Read-Aloud on the Civil War era? Book Summary by Goodreads… The Civil War may be over, but for twelve-year-old Will Page, the pain and bitterness haven’t ended. How could they have, when the Yankees were responsible for the deaths of everyone in his entire … Continue reading

thoughtful thursday: you have a right to your life
life aspirations / what I've learned / write

thoughtful thursday: you have a right to your life

“Perhaps the most important lesson one can teach: you are someone and you have a right to your life“. Richard Hugo Who gets to decide what the contribution of your life will be? Natalie Goldberg said, “I went home with the resolve to write what I knew and to trust my own thoughts and feelings … Continue reading

homeschool planning / self-directed learning

and what does she do…my twelve year old

Probably too many extracurricular activities. Presently choir, dance, youth group, piano, drama classes x 2. But she’s studied violin, done soccer camps, baseball with the boys, gymnastics, sailing and kayaking camps. And then there’s our families activities of travelling, canoeing, hiking and cross country skiing. We’ve been hitting extra curriculars hard as we recently moved … Continue reading