Homeschooling—Not for the Faint of Heart

"Faint of heart": Is it a metaphor or a metonym? Or maybe an idiom?  I don’t know, but now I’ve got enough material for my daughter’s next two ELA classes. Even though I’m a writer, I’m no expert in teaching figurative language (fortunately, the Internet is). But that's what homeschooling is all about. It all … Continue reading Homeschooling—Not for the Faint of Heart

DIY Leaf Blower Hovercraft (#Making)

So my daughter wanted a hovercraft. A lot of bad stories start that way, but this one has a happy ending. DIY Hovercraft are easy to build--we made ours in a couple hours from materials lying around our garage, repurposed from gathering wood dust, cobwebs, cat pee, etc. Many sites provide instructions; we followed some from Make … Continue reading DIY Leaf Blower Hovercraft (#Making)

“Some Trump supporters demand #Repealthe19th”

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is a real thing. I’m not the only one horrified by #Repealthe19th. It is not something that offends only Democrats, only Hillary supporters, or only women. I recognize that it is not a serious political trend, it’s just in the news precisely because we love to be … Continue reading “Some Trump supporters demand #Repealthe19th”

How to Tell if You are Really a Cat Person

Timber Howligan Secret Agent Cat is a book about saving animals, and I have celebrated that in many ways. When I finished my first draft, I went to the local animal shelter and adopted two cats. They were on sale, real cheap-$1 each! Since then I’ve paid thousands of dollars in vet bills for them, … Continue reading How to Tell if You are Really a Cat Person

The Bad Habits of Good Readers by Carol Jago

Does your child take his time picking out a book, and then even more time getting through it? Is she more than happy to read nothing, rather than a book she doesn't like? This article on Nerdy Book Club made me appreciate the Slow Readers in my family, and made me wonder if my Fast Reading … Continue reading The Bad Habits of Good Readers by Carol Jago