When you’re an impulsive little twerp, “Maybe next year” is more ambitious than it is a form of pessimistic procrastination.

My bank account and my to-do list are the best ways to determine if I'm an impulsive little twerp, and I would definitely put myself in that category. I get sudden ideas that I'd love to act on, and then I try hard to go for them. It's good in some respects, but when money's … Continue reading When you’re an impulsive little twerp, “Maybe next year” is more ambitious than it is a form of pessimistic procrastination.

Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon

My Copy: 9780761169253 (image from bn.com) This was just the book I needed to read at just the right time. I picked it up when I was browsing for books that would help me get over this inability to think and create that I've been talking about lately. I'd seen it before and that day … Continue reading Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon

Still dodging bullets, but also wondering if and when I should throw in the towel…

It's been two and a half weeks since I've started working alone at the office, doing what I can to keep things running as far as helping people out when they come in. I was sure that when things began to change, I would know how long I am willing to keep this going versus … Continue reading Still dodging bullets, but also wondering if and when I should throw in the towel…

Haven’t had my head screwed on straight in over a week, & boy has it showed…

I should still be in bed dozing a while longer on my day off, waking up slowly. Instead, I'm sitting here at 6:30 a.m. with my first cup of coffee, trying to figure out how I could've oh-so thoroughly screwed up my week (and month by extension). I should be sitting out on the porch … Continue reading Haven’t had my head screwed on straight in over a week, & boy has it showed…

When wasting time has turned to wasted time: a pet peeve.

Thanks partly to this ankle injury (still pulls and hurts a bit, but not nearly as bad as last Friday), I've been sitting on my rear, watching the rain and trying to finish some jigsaw puzzles. I dunno what the deal is, but I've had bad luck twice in a row with jigsaw puzzles that … Continue reading When wasting time has turned to wasted time: a pet peeve.

I suppose we could call this “summer cleaning,” as long as it’s not too hot.

I'm a little surprised summer didn't come into full fury four weeks ago. Usually the first weekend in May heralds a good long HOT summer til about late September. We still have a slight reprieve, but that heat index is making it what it is. I managed to finish the first coat of paint on … Continue reading I suppose we could call this “summer cleaning,” as long as it’s not too hot.

Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…

My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…

#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?