Archive for February 2018

Running with the penguins

If you read running magazines (and I do!) you could be forgiven for thinking that running is synonymous with racing. One trains for big fall or spring races, plots one's strategy for during the races, and introduces one's running qualifications with the number of races completed (e.g. "well, I ran Big Sur...") I have done a lot of races, but have not done many o… read more »

Friday miscellany: The sound of birds

I am trying to blog at least five times a week, but I didn't feel like it yesterday. There were many reasons, although the news was one. A little over five years ago, after Sandy Hook, I wrote this column for USA Today. It is depressing to think that it is a piece of content known in the business as "evergreen." The kids had a half day of school yesterday, and I was supe… read more »

Guest post: Finding time for stories

Laura's note: Today we welcome Callie Feyen to the blog. Callie is a novelist, educator, and parent. She writes about what she learned from tracking time. Her new book, The Teacher Diaries: Romeo and Juliet, is out today so please go check that out. by Callie Feyen My first planner was a slim, brown, Northwestern University 1989-1990 calendar that my dad brou… read more »

Podcast discussion thread: On putting in the hours when the kids are little

This week I experienced the main segment of the podcast as a listener, and not a participant. Sarah interviewed Rebecca Fike, a lawyer, exercise enthusiast, blogger (LagLiv!), and mom of three. I was out of the country and not clear on how my internet access would be at the point when Fike could squeeze us onto her calendar. But since Sarah has been a longtime… read more »

Thoughts from the season’s last wrestling meet

I am writing this from the hall outside the local high school's gym, where my 8-year-old has been wrestling all morning. This has been a frustrating season in many ways, though it has made me admire my son in new ways too. Wrestling is an extremely vulnerable sport. It is just you and your opponent on the mat, engaged in hand-to-hand combat. If you lose, it is you w… read more »