As southerners have debated whether the Confederate flag represents hate or heritage, several articles have addressed the idea of a “selective reading of history.” Which is, when you think about it, something families are really good at doing.
A selective reading of history isn’t quite a revision of what happened. It’s an intentional focus on some facts and a brushing-under-the-rug of more…
Share this articlePosted on July, 29, 2015
Officially, Talk Like a Pirate Day won’t come until September 19, but I’ve been saying “Arrrggghhhhh!” a lot this week.
It’s bad enough that if I leave the room for more than two minutes, my husband finds an Iron Man or Transformers movie to watch for the eighty-fifth time this month. However, the real problem is the channels changing in more…
Share this articlePosted on July, 22, 2015
Have you ever wondered why you remember some things but not others ? Have you ever wondered why some things come back to you seemingly out of the blue? You think to yourself, “That’s funny, I haven’t thought about that in years.”
Actually, it’s better than funny. The science behind how memory works is fascinating and cool.
Obviously, “How Memory Works” is more…
Share this articlePosted on July, 16, 2015
Why was my cousin once removed? Maybe that’s why my family dispensed with the first cousin, second cousin, and once removed nomenclature when referring to cousins: They knew I’d ask a bunch of questions, most of which would begin with “Why…” Cousins were just “cousins.”
“Once removed” doesn’t sound anything like it means. Unlike its general use in the English vernacular, more…
Share this articlePosted on July, 9, 2015
Your hometown comes to represent much more than the place you grew up. It’s your version of your state and country.
When we write about family members, ancestors, or ourselves, it’s important to give readers a glimpse of that hometown context. It helps explain worldview, values, and traditions. It helps them understand the personalities involved in our stories.
For instance, my hometown more…
Share this articlePosted on July, 2, 2015
Read how to get back on track if you’ve allowed yourself to get sidetracked
Procrastination and distraction are two of my best talents. In fact, I’ve been exercising them quite a bit lately! Which makes it seem like a great time to write about how to get back on track.
Re-examine your motives, not just your goals.
Once you’ve let your discipline slip more…
Share this articlePosted on June, 23, 2015
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