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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Why does “prolific” not sound like a compliment?

I’m not sure why, but whenever someone calls me a prolific writer, it makes me cringe. Why is that? It has some sort of negative implication which I can’t quite tease out. Anyway, I’m not feeling very prolific this week. After family vacation and back-to-back education conferences, my kind husband suggested that I go away […]

And now something for you Atlanta people…

I’m at the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta this weekend–with my mother, which is a treat because we don’t usually travel together (we tend to divide our energies and attend different conferences). So last weekend I promised the folks in Texas that I’d post my notes on high school rhetoric on my blog; this weekend […]

Using the exercises of classical rhetoric in high school…

OK, all you workshop-attendees in Texas and Georgia, here is a copy of the overhead I put up at the end of the writing lecture. (For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, you can get the lecture here, and/or read this, and/or buy this. I promised I’d put this on my […]

A typical day, 2001

The fourth and final entry in my “Evolving Life of a Writer/Homeschool Parent” series. I highly recommend contrasting this with Entry One… A DAY IN THE LIFE 2001: a day with four children aged 12, 10, 7, and 3. 5 AM I get up and go downstairs for coffee. Okay, I know this is revoltingly […]

A typical day, 2000…

Here’s Entry Three (of four…then we go back to talking about indexing and proofreading and other stirring pastimes…) in my “Evolving Life of a Writer/Homeschool Parent” series. I first posted this on the Well-Trained Mind website eight years ago, and some home school guru (I can’t actually remember who) responded on another blog that this […]

A typical day, 1999…

Here’s Entry Two in my “Evolving Life of a Writer/Homeschool Parent” series. This takes place about a year and a half after Entry One… A DAY IN THE LIFE 1999: a day with a first and third grader and a three-year-old 6:30 AM I meant to get up at 6, but I got to bed […]

A typical day, 1998…

After finishing off those third-edition revisions to The Well-Trained Mind, I took some time to sort through a bunch of related materials that needed filing…and discovered four different accounts that I’ve written, over the past ten years, about daily life as a writer/teacher/home schooling parent. I thought you might enjoy them. (I sure did. If […]

Another exciting week at the old writing desk…

Having finished proofing the indexing to The Art of the Public Grovel, I settled myself in last week to an equally exciting task: writing up the revisions for the tenth anniversary edition of The Well-Trained Mind (due out in February 2009). For those of you who don’t know, The Well-Trained Mind was the first book […]