What You Gain From Sitting in the Fire

My alarm trills. It's a cruel imitation of a bird's chirp welcoming a new day. Except it's too early for the birds. Or for most humans, for that matter. But still I get up. Just as I have most every morning for the past four months. Not because I really want to. But because I … Continue reading What You Gain From Sitting in the Fire

Looking For a Challenge

Kazh's training is progressing well. He's super-responsive, wants to please his humans and hasn't shown any signs of aggression. Based on observing him in many situations, our biggest obstacles are going to be building his confidence and working to moderate his tendency towards excited dominance behaviors. Yesterday, we loaded him up with a weighted pack … Continue reading Looking For a Challenge

The Problem With Doing What You Know

When I first started teaching math, I followed the general wisdom of the time that the majority of independent practice should take place outside of the limited classroom time.  As I was advised, I took grades on homework completion, quickly glancing at thirty-plus student papers filled with equations before going over the answers. At that … Continue reading The Problem With Doing What You Know

Guest Post: How Life’s Struggles Shouldn’t Rob You Of Its Joy

My grandmother has faced so many enormous struggles in her almost 100 years on this earth. And it seems she has emerged from each one wiser and more joyful. Not because of the struggles, but because of her determination to not allow the bad days to steal her smile. When my own bad days threatened … Continue reading Guest Post: How Life’s Struggles Shouldn’t Rob You Of Its Joy

A Different Kind of November Challenge

It's November.The leaves are falling. The turkey recipes are circulating. The mustaches are growing. And the internet is awash in NaNoWriMo and gratitude lists.I love those lists. I enjoy reading how people are thankful for their families, their jobs and their health. I smile when I see their pictures of cooing babies or mischievous puppies. … Continue reading A Different Kind of November Challenge