7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 162)

— 1 — For the #1 spot in each week’s Quick Takes, I usually think back and pick out an interesting / funny / bizarre story that occurred within the past seven days. As I sit down to review this particular week, I realize just how nonexistent my life has been. One hundred percent of my energy has been divided between the following three things: Feverishly working on the book. Thinking about how infuriated I am going to be if I don’t hit this deadline and thus have to wait eight months until my schedule clears up so I can... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 161)

— 1 — Yesterday afternoon, I thought I had found a one-two punch of improving our neighbors’ impressions of The Homeschoolers and getting some socialization for the kids. (Disclaimer: Socialization is not a problem for everyone who educates at home. Many such families have no problem whatsoever exposing their children to the company of other human beings. The stereotype comes from people like me, who were weird to begin with.) Anyway, yesterday I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and set them on a stand in our front... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 160)

— 1 — Yesterday I turned 35. To celebrate, let’s get all reflective! If you are older than 35, tell me about what you were doing at this age. How do you feel about that time of your life? Anything you’d do differently? If you are younger than 35, tell me about what you want your life to be like when you’re my age. — 2 — My husband and I ended up in a long conversation about ventriloquists the other day (still not sure how that happened). Anyway, the upshot of it was that we ended up rediscovering Señor... Read More

7Quick Takes Friday (vol. 159)

— 1 — You don’t even know the writer angst I spare you. I could have an entire blog where I wrote three posts per day transcribing the mercurial inner dialogue that runs through my head whenever I sit down to work on this book project. I’ve been pondering the age-old question of why even the most basic creative pursuits tend to make people crazy. As Steve Pressfield would say, part of it is undoubtedly spiritual attack. But I think there’s also a natural frustration that comes with not being able to control your way... Read More