• Great Reads,  Lists,  Writing

    Six To Consider: Writing Books Worth a Look

    I’ve always got a stack of things to read, don’t you? My stack’s typically related to my latest interest or project. I’m a nonfiction reader, my current stack a mish-mash of art techniques and inspiration, small business ownership, and the craft of writing. When writing evaded me over the past year, I figured I’d read about writing until my own writing mojo…

  • Art,  Life,  Poetry,  Process,  Writing

    Finding the Words….

    It’s funny what we can learn from seemingly difficult situations if we just take the time and trust the process, isn’t it? Lately, I’ve struggled with what to do when those voices inside our head take a break. Find the words and nurture the voices, of course! For as long as I can remember, words have been an important part of who I am. I’ve…

  • Instruction,  Process,  Quotes

    Help Readers Read: Banish Boredom!

    Five years into my teaching career, I decided to move from English Language Arts to Reading, specifically. I began working on my Master’s in Reading Education, and while I learned a lot, my biggest A-ha! came not from the volumes of textbooks read or the 1,000s of words written. No, my biggest lesson came from my students. “Reading is boring!” they said. “What??”  There was…