The Greatest Show on Earth? The Circus in Light of Proposed Legislation

This is a cross-post from my personal blog, Imperfect Happiness. Drop by there for my About Me page in addition to many, many more blog posts (527 more, to be precise), including a year of posts about my 2010-2011 Happiness Project. ...more

Mice in the Basement

NaNoWriMo Day 9 Word Count: 15,712The prompt from NaBloPoMo today is about the time you realized your home was different from other people’s homes....more
@victorias_view What's funny is whenever I go into someone's house and it looks spotless, I ...more

Injustice and Inaction: A Blog Post Disguised as a Book Review of The Buddha in the Attic

 The Buddha in the Attic by Julie OtsukaMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis was a quick, powerful read....more

Parental Preferences

(This is a cross-post from my personal blog, Imperfect Happiness. Drop by there for my About Me page and many, many other posts including the ones about the Happiness Project I did from August 2010 through July 2011)NaNoWriMo Day 7 Word Count:12,052“Let’s finish breakfast so we can do our history lesson!” I said to the kids this morning. “We’re going to read about mummies today!”“No, not mommies,” my two-year-old said. “Read book about daddies!”...more

Ambiguous Morality in Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

This is a cross-post from my personal blog, Imperfect Happiness. Drop by the blog for more posts and my About Me page. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran FoerMy rating: 4 of 5 starsIt’s not a coincidence that I started reading this book during a days-long power outage. By candlelight, of course....more

Rhetorical Questions About Bold Ideas

This is a cross-post from my personal blog, Imperfect Happiness. Drop by there for more posts and my "About" page.NaNoWriMo Day 5 Word Count: 8,750This morning, my family took a walk on an old farm trail near our house. We’ve taken this walk before, a couple of weeks ago, before the snowstorm and before most of the leaves had changed and before the corn field had been mowed or plowed or whatever they did to it to eliminate the golden stalks and leave only black soil that my son called, “horse dirt.”...more

Power of the Pen

(This is a cross post from my blog, Imperfect Happiness. Visit me there for posts before November 2011)NaNoWriMo Day 4 Word Count: 6,907...more

Silence! Writer at Work!

NaNoWriMo Day 3 Word Count: 5,130Some people like to write with music on. Some people, I'm told, even need music to write.I am not one of these people.Although I've been known to write with a Curious George audio book playing in the background, I mostly require silence when I write. Especially when I'm just starting a writing session, I'm easily distracted. Music without words is less distracting, but any sound can give me an excuse to stop writing. And really, I don't need any more excuses to stop writing....more
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