Remodeling, Part Deux: Replacing the Rot 1

Remodeling, Part Deux: Replacing the Rot
This is the second in a series about my shower remodel. Catch up on part one, with gross pictures. I spent a weekend tearing a hole in the side of the house to replace the rot that had been caused by water leaking into the shower. This was only one of two weekends we would ...

Teach the Children 4

I’ve spent several afternoons the past week talking to classes at my daughter’s elementary school about writing. The school last year integrated a Writer’s Workshop writing program into every classroom, from pre-kindergarten up to fourth grade. The basic idea behind the program is to allow the students to explore the world, and themselves, through writing. ...

Staten Island Half Marathon; or, The Tale of the Singing Runner 1

Staten Island Half Marathon; or, The Tale of the Singing Runner
After the great run I had with Pemberton two weeks ago, I went into the Staten Island half with a specific time goal in mind: I wanted to break 90 minutes. The last time I broke that elusive mark in a half was in March 2008 at the Brooklyn half marathon. Since then I’ve stayed ...

Shower demolition 2

Shower demolition
A goodly apple rotten at the heart: O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath! -William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice. Act i. Sc. 3. A couple of weeks ago M found worms in our master shower. We have known for some time that our shower needed a complete redo, but since we have had some ...

Getting to the heart of the story 1

I am sitting at a small desk assigned to a student who is not here today. Next to me a young man in an orange shirt and orange jacket is writing a story about me. He’s drawn a small picture, a stick figure in pencil standing in front of a class. “Today a writer came ...

Iron Lake, by William Kent Krueger 1

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was my uncle who, at a book event in Albuquerque where I was promoting Mesabi Pioneers, first told me about the author William Kent Krueger and his Minnesota mysteries. Needing a good, quick read, I decided to pick one up and give ...