Luck Isn’t Everything

Doing well in school is, predominantly, a sign of good luck." From the article, "Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of,  By Olivia Goldhill Someone needs to remind the unlucky children that their grades do not determine their personal worth nor their future successes or failures. Someone needs to remind the unlucky children that … Continue reading Luck Isn’t Everything

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Ripening

Yesterday was a big day. One of the cherry tomatoes from the plant we've been nurturing all summer long finally begun blushing with signs of ripeness.  The kids all stood around our little plant to praise and celebrate it. They'd been waiting f o r e v e r.  This happens to be the standard … Continue reading Ripening

Curiosity Makes Life Suck Less

As a white woman in my thirties, I'm supposed to tell you that wine makes life suck less. I actually tested this popular method out for a little while, only to find my problems are proficient swimmers. Needless to say, the so-called "relief" was short-lived. Obviously, for the best. Alcoholism definitely does NOT make life … Continue reading Curiosity Makes Life Suck Less

Rice Cookers & Reality

I can't imagine living without my rice cooker. The rice comes out perfect every single time. It's pretty much kitchen wizardry to me. The crazy part is whether you make rice in a rice cooker or on the stove-top, the prep work is the same. Measure the rice, rinse the rinse, then measure and add … Continue reading Rice Cookers & Reality

The Litter Boxes of Life

We adopted an mildly ferocious calico kitten about two months ago which my children named, Clover. Every day the kids take turns going down into the basement, almost cheerfully, and scoop out Clover's litter box, because that was the deal if they wanted this kitten to be a part of our family. But it doesn't … Continue reading The Litter Boxes of Life

Happy Day Before My Birthday Day!

My kids starting celebrating Day Before Your Birthday days this past December, around all my boy's birthdays, as a special holiday to celebrate the day before a person's birthday. The birthday person gets to choose what to watch on the television, what games to play, what foods to eat, and everybody has to be nice … Continue reading Happy Day Before My Birthday Day!

The Electricity of Life

If the nervous system is the electricity that allows the body to function, enthusiasm is the electricity that allows creativity to function. Enthusiasm is an excitable positive energy that moves through the mind in the form of interest and ideas. Enthusiasm is a potential energy. It's stored and strengthened through the accumulation everyday effort. Set … Continue reading The Electricity of Life

The Work No One Sees

To those who do the work no one else sees: the servers, sharers, and sacrificers of all kinds. Your work is the most important work. It's the most difficult work. It's the most unacknowledged work. Your work would never get done if you depended on acknowledgment, anyway. Sure, it would be nice, but if you … Continue reading The Work No One Sees