Category Archives: Character

The Need for New

Recently a parent asked my husband if his Glee Club, in which her children had participated, always repeated songs. Apparently, they had been comparing notes with former members, and these former members, for whatever reason, said several times to their … Continue reading

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A Facebook post from a year ago that illustrates my post “How to tell if a child learned how to read correctly”

This appeared in my FB memories from a year ago, and I thought that what was said here went along well with my blog post of 2 days ago, especially at the point where I wrote “…there are methods of … Continue reading

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How to tell if a child learned how to read correctly

A-ha! This post is probably not going to go where you thought it would by that title. There is learning how to read, and then there is really learning how to read. Let’s go with the first one since that’s … Continue reading

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Goodreads Review: The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy My rating: 5 of 5 stars So much to say about this little book about dying. It’s also about living. Tolstoy takes us through the different stages of Ivan Ilych’s life, the … Continue reading

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The Rightness of Indignation

I wrote the following a year ago on this date. It came up in my Facebook memories, and since I feel much the same today, I thought it worthy of posting here. It was good to revisit these ideas. _____________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Naive

When I was not yet 18 years old, I was headed to college 12 hours away from home. I was excited about this. Not that I had not enjoyed my super secure home life with Mom, Dad, 3 older siblings, … Continue reading

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A Soldier Coming Home

“What it takes to survive war makes it so hard to survive living after war.” Angelina Stanford I am currently reading The Odyssey in a class with Angelina Stanford of House of Humane Letters. The stories and books we are … Continue reading

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My Obsession, Regrettably

Parking this thought here for now. Something I want people to know, but holding back from posting it on social media. When you pull away from me and/or my family, it hurts. It says you don’t like me or us, … Continue reading

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I’m Not Sorry About My Parents

My mother was a teenage bride. My mother was a teenage mother. Yes, in that order. Life came full circle in some ways for my parents. In 1987 they returned after more than 35 years in Illinois to the Ritter … Continue reading

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Get Out 2020

Oh, my people, I have so much to be writing about. As always. It is overwhelming. Thinking and wondering and making connections, or trying to, all the time. It is tiring, actually. My son and I are reading so many … Continue reading

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