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Monday, December 29, 2014

How I Plan FHE

Hope your holidays were lovely and memorable.
Family Home Evening
It's Monday, and we try to make all of our Mondays lovely and memorable by observing a tradition of our own: Family Home Evening.

Oh, yes, our family nights are often messy and disorganized, and all too often they devolve into a morass of movies and munchies, but we're all in the same room, and that has to count for something, right?

Here's the planner I use to try to impose at least a modicum of organization on our family nights: The site suggests activities and lesson topics, artwork and an actual fill-in-the-blanks planner for organizing family home evenings.

Share some FHE tips of your own by clicking the Comments link, and I promise not to put you in charge of conducting the opening song.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How I Style Me Some MLA

The OWL at PurdueIt's finals week for the college kids, and they're frantically dashing off papers and sitting exams. Mom's helping the essay writers, natch', by being harder on them than their own English professors would be. And I'm insisting that their papers reflect perfect MLA style.

My go-to place for online MLA style arguments: The MLA style guide page from the OWL at Purdue. It's just one of dozens of OWL writing resources that every parent of a high school- or college-aged student should have available.

Honestly, how often do we get to prove we're smarter than our teenagers?

Monday, November 10, 2014

How I Find Peace

dog6So Saturday I took care of a friend's three third-graders, all of whom wanted to watch Daddy Day Care at a high volume. Now I'm a big Eddie Murphy fan, but c'mon. It's not exactly his best work. And I wanted to work on my book.  By the time we were past the first Angelica Huston scene,  I still hadn't written three words.

The solution: Great headphones and Simply Noise -- a white noise generator that masked Eddie and a room full of shrieking kids.  Simply Noise plays a continuous loop of, well, static fuzz. To my ears, the white noise and pink noise are annoying, but the brown noise is perfectly soothing. Low-pitched, oceany, and full enough to drown out pretty much anything. I may have just found the cure for Adult ADHD.

Friday, June 6, 2014

How I Get Lettered

Arts & Letters DailyPseudo-intellectualism is way more fun than the real thing. When you're a fraud, as I am, you can still gorge yourself on intellectual ding-dongs such as country music and Go Fug Yourself.

When my brain looks for healthy fare, it noshes at Arts & Letters Daily, a web portal that tracks interesting books, essays and articles that are all sort of au courant.

Then when I've had my fill of intellectual snobbery, I take a breather at The Smoking Gun, where I can be first on my block to find out which celebrity has been arrested today.