uncool reader

The bookstore clerk pulled my selection from the pile of books we were purchasing. He *waved it in front of RenTeen. Clerk: “This one’s not YOURS, is it?” RenTeen: “No way. The Pratchett is mine.” I will be shame reading my new and embarrassing book in the bathtub where nobody can see me reading it. […]

rambling thoughts about books

When I have spent too many days staring at laptop and phone screens, I get a dull headache and my eyes feel sunburned from the brightness of electronics. If I still have work to do, I take two Aleve and put on a pair of sunglasses. The rest of the time, I try to take […]


I don’t know what helped Tommy learn how to read. Since he had a ‘do worksheets or I’ll shrug’ teacher for Kindergarten, I know that he didn’t learn to read at school. At home, we did flashcard drills, watched a million hours of PBS, drew letters in shaving cream and wrote with chalk or crayons […]

read again. again. again.

How many times do I have to read the exact same book aloud to the 3-year-old before I can throw the book out the window and run screaming from the room? “The window, the window, she threw it out the window.” Four word sentences should be treated like four letter words. Just because I look […]

One week till school starts

Me: “How is the summer assignment coming Sarah?” Sarah: “I can’t work on that until I finish my book.” Me: “How is the summer assignment coming Sarah?” Sarah: “I’m thinking about it.” Me: “Do you need help?” Sarah: “No.” Me: “When are you going to do it?” Sarah: “After I finish my book.” Me: “No.” […]