With 31 slice of life posts in the month of March, surely there are some lines and phrases I’m proud to have written, right? Here are the snippets from my slices that looking back, I’m pleased have emerged from what felt like a writing marathon at times:
Slicing is about stealing a few minutes between classes to capture that nagging sensation that finally floated into your mind, fully articulated, at the most inconvenient time of day.
Everyone is fed. Everyone will be fine.
the baking cupcakes perfume the whole house, her pride knows no bounds.
Much must be risked in order to forge a new life.
the family constellation that lives inside it now will scatter, spinning light and explosions across the sky of their lives.
this girl and her mother, they will stay constant, certain as the arc of the sun, steady as the tides, connected as a tree to its deep strong roots.
also in the authenticity of the love depicted in Neruda’s sonnets, in darker shades and passionate tones, with unflinching resonance.
so much of the “great” literature we assign in schools is heartbreaking and depressing–beautiful, yes, important, yes, but not always joyful or uplifting. Literature can gladden your heart too
Homemade chocolate croissants and croque-monsieurs.
she has a rich life, one anyone would be lucky to be invited into, and that’s what I’m striving to create for myself.
dancing in my kitchen while I make dinner
in this season of my life, in many ways, I’m finding myself having to develop new strengths
It was impossible to think about anything but my hands, the clay, the wheel, impossible to let any of the uncertainty in my life invade the studio space.
I see how much of the comedy comes from a group of people, sitting in a room, with amazing chemistry and great writing, bouncing lines off each other like sparks.
I feel like my writing voice is limber again in a way it hasn’t been for a few years. I’m feeling confident enough to stretch even further.
pop music is capable of creating anthems, songs full of heart and passion that are not afraid to be bold, to push a clear positive message right at you
You are more delicious
because you are
Carrying the weight is easier when you realize just how supported you are.
Challenging myself to keep pushing my somnolent students this morning and persevering until we had accomplished my pedagogical goals reminded me how much of teaching is about the triumph of our will over theirs
it felt so magical, that I could crave a particular dish and be able to create it exactly, with my own two hands.
The best way to write more is to write more, without waiting for inspiration or the perfect writing conditions
we remember that our voices have value and that the world might miss us if we fall silent.
we have to take these massive leaps into uncertain futures without knowing where we land, and sometimes, we’re taking that leap and dragging along people we love so dearly
Not polished, not sparkling, but a little slice of how I’m feeling, in a hushed snow-globe kind of day.
Bonasera’s voice boomed out into our living room, and the light went up on his dark face, and I knew I was in the presence of greatness.
A warm cotton cocoon to wrap around myself as I evolve and discover what lies within me.
The look I get after that question probably doesn’t need to be described if you’ve ever had contact with almost-teenage girls.
I love you so much I’m willing to make you unhappy with me to help you learn these bigger lessons, ones that will stay with you long past order of operations and the friar’s speech.