Category Archives: Children

Are they speaking and acting like children?

As my daughter was reading a chapter book featuring a young elementary school girl as the main character, I began thinking about how the dialogue was worse than how a child of that age actually spoke. For example, instead of ‘I ran.’ the … Continue reading

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Editing, cleaning, and the simplicity of layers

Earlier this week, my eight-year-old daughter and I discussed the lack of cleaning in her bedroom. She usually comes up with an excuse. The most recent, which was probably the most believable I’ve heard lately, was “I don’t know where to start.” She grabbed … Continue reading

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What gives you comfort?

What do you use to soothe, comfort, or relieve stress?  Is it chocolate? Alcohol or cigarettes? Pasta? Ice cream? Mac and cheese? Something crunchy and salty? I think most adults, when asked that question, will provide some type of food … Continue reading

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My Shadow

Now, when I say ‘shadow’, I’m not referring to one created by the sun when you’re outside or by a bright lamp indoors. I’m referring to a shadow that follows me from room to room. No, not spirits. Although, they … Continue reading

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