mama self care

creative life endeavors…have you tried writing?

“Writing is a hard way to make a living, but a good way to make a life.” Doris Betts 1. It gets you into coffee shops. 2. And when you’ve finished that single shot cappuccino, you gotta keep renting your seat. So buy a biscotti! 3. It gets you to see, really see, things around you. … Continue reading

homestead

the Not So Big House: Interior Views

“Houses are usually designed to take advantage of outside views, with a lot of thought given to getting the windows in just the right places. But we also spend a great deal of time looking within the house, which makes the composition of interior views equally important. If these views are thoughtfully composed, the house … Continue reading

homeschool

writing practice by Natalie Goldberg

This one contribution, to practice writing, has influenced thousands, maybe millions, in her book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. 1. Keep your hand moving. 2. Don’t cross out (well that’s hard…might I add, don’t backspace, even harder). 3. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar. 4. Lose control. 5. Don’t think. Don’t get logical. … Continue reading

homestead

the Not So Big House: a place of one’s own

“Our houses are getting bigger in part because we have no place to get away to, no place to be by ourselves. Creating a small area for each adult to make his or her own, just big enough for one, can solve the problem. It can be a place for writing, for painting, for meditating, … Continue reading

family life

balancing writing and family

I journalled since I was taught to print. I tried short stories in elementary school, and passed them around the social studies class for others to read, during class. Between my elementary short stories and my thirties, I took a long hiatus from story writing until I had a personal awakening, a coming of age? Then … Continue reading

homeschool

stop the bus–handicapped home educator

So I was just saying to myself a half hour before, You gotta stop doing so much. It’s no service to you, or your children. It won’t make you happier if you take on one more activity. And then my husband was telling me just fifteen minutes before, You’ve gotta give the kids more time to get … Continue reading