Always forward

2016 has been a year of rough stuff. That election and the resulting loss of human rights and even human lives. Celebrity deaths that crippled all kinds of people emotionally. 2016, a year people went into hating - the number of "is this year over yet" posts I saw in January was cray - remained … Continue reading Always forward

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Our Excursion to China

Back in June I took my 11-year-old on a tour to China, through China Spree tours. This is our story. Our 16 hour flight landed at 6am. After a shifty, dull, restless flight, we were ready to be alive again by the time we touched down in Beijing. The first thing I noted was how … Continue reading Our Excursion to China

Parenting an Artist, Part 3

Last summer, as I mentioned in my Parenting an Artist posts (read part 1 here and part 2 here), we did a 'home school summer camp' with our then 10-year-old. She spent the summer working on short stories, which landed her a place in the creative writing track of her dream middle school. She also … Continue reading Parenting an Artist, Part 3

Parenting an Artist, part 2

Today we're talking Homeschool Summer Camp - the 'make your kid do real art' initiative I dreamed up for Jade's summer this year. I had several strong reasons for this insanity when I thought it up back in the late spring. The first one was rather selfishly personal: last year I heard "I'm bored" way too many times. … Continue reading Parenting an Artist, part 2

Parenting an Artist, part 1

My daughter Jade, who is currently 10 and gearing up for 5th grade, already knows exactly what she wants to make money doing when she gets old enough to have to pay the bills. She wants to be an artist. This is, of course, a complete joy for any parent to hear. I mean, there's … Continue reading Parenting an Artist, part 1

The Cost of Going Electric

My family upgraded from our '95 Jeep Wrangler - with about 15mgp and 7.7 tons of CO2 a year (or 19.4 barrels of gasoline)*  - for a '13 Nissan Leaf EV. For comparison the Nissan Leaf rates about 100 miles/charge and 0.2 barrels of electricity per year*. Why, you ask, would we trade in one of … Continue reading The Cost of Going Electric

Holy Writing Cave Batman!

It's been pretty quiet on my blog (except maybe for that one little announcement about Please being released in full in the Tulip Tree Press anthology My Favorite Apocalypse and some other stuff along that lines), and quiet generally means one of two things for me: I think my life is sort of boring and who … Continue reading Holy Writing Cave Batman!