[Quiet Thoughts] Preview of the Pattern

Photo: Ursa Major’s map of the world, made during his study of Ghana for the past month of so. I am not sure who did the writing here (that’s not his handwriting), but it’s one of the rare things I’ve seen him fully and lovingly complete at school. It’s not to say I haven’t seen…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Having It All

God don’t give you everything. But if you’re lucky, you can have a whole lot and have no need for trying to have “it all.” Because we can’t have it all. But we might, if we’re lucky, have enough.

History Lessons

When the boys asked me a question about the Invincible Hammer in Toad’s Treasure Tracker, well… a little spontaneous history lesson had to happen.

[Quiet Thoughts] Ask Questions and Such

Photo: I’m teaching a short story class through Community Ed and I was looking for some flash fiction to share with the class. This beautiful sentence from Joy Williams’ Ninety-Nine Stories of God made me laugh out loud when I read it. Joy is a genius.   What a week. Right? Has it been a week for you,…

The Good and the Bad of The Warm Times

Photo: I don’t know what these are, but aren’t they the prettiest things?   Spring has come to New England. While the trees are still only just putting out the new-green buds and baby leaves, the grass has gone emerald and the flowers are on parade. it’s an easy observation, but I’m going to write…