Last night I woke up and song lyrics came into my mind: I hear the drizzle of the rainLike a memory it fallsSoft and warm, continuing,Tapping on my roof and walls “Kathy’s Song.” Simon and Garfunkel. It was, for a time, my very favorite song. I taught myself to play it on guitar. And fromContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 23: Midnight Lyrics”
Technically, spring has started. Technically, it’s spring break. And with the rain falling outside, and me not going anywhere today except for a Zoom meeting and an appointment to replace my son’s driver’s license, you could say I’m expecting today to be kind of like the weather: meh. Still, there is something that’s bringing meContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 22: Ray of Sunshine”
Thanks, Raivenne, for providing me with the inspiration for today’s blog post. (Maybe you should polish up that resume and put your name in the hat!) VACANCY: Personal Muse Position Type: Management Date Posted: March 17, 2022 Location: Inside my brain (hazard pay included) Date Available: Immediate Job Description: Lainie Levin is an aspiring writer,Continue reading “Story Challenge Day 17: Help Wanted”
Today, I was reading this blog post about coffee shops, and how at one point they were hubs for philosophical conversation and debate. Which got me thinking (which sometimes gets me into trouble, but that’s the fuel for a whole other post). What if I were just sitting in a coffee shop, minding my ownContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 16: On Coffee Shops”
I was born right after midnight on July 5, right after my parents enjoyed the last of the fireworks display, right after their police escort to the hospital through traffic, right after my dad went to park the car, only to come in to his newest baby girl. I adore new school supplies, and maybeContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 15: Rambling Autobiography”
I’ve had a lot more writing time with my kids, and it’s one of the things I’m proudest of this year. It’s something kids look forward to, because they get to spend time writing whatever it is they choose. It’s a class session I really look forward to, because I get to be eyeball-deep inContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 14: On Letting Things Marinate”
Two years. It’s been two years since we packed up our loveys for a couple of weeks of online learning before spring break. Two years since kids, backpacks stuffed to the brink with textbooks and worksheet packets and iPads and school supplies, flooded the hallway with the same kind of excitement and anticipation that usuallyContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 13: Two Years”
In case you are wondering, I am providing – for YOUR experience and benefit, and not at all for my own perverse need for procrastination, this here following: Guide to Letting Yourself Put Off Tasks that are Difficult, Uncomfortable, and a General Pain in the Patoot Get yourself a dog. The needier, the better. PetContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 12: How to Get Around Tough Stuff”
Some days, words are great. Sometimes, pictures do just as well.
Today, despite the uproar and chaos that still envelop our world, I was able to carve out some moments of joy. So I’ll just share those.
I ask my kids to write all the time. Sometimes they feel like it, sometimes, they don’t. But they show up for me, for themselves, for the classmates – every time.
So this March, my daily writing practice is dedicated to my students, who are some of the best sports I know.