Mondays at The Variegated Life: links to some stuff I’ve liked …
At The Parent Vortex, Michelle meditates on the true nature of blessings:
All of these challenges, the struggles to cope with the emotional discomfort of having my buttons pushed by my children, or struggling to be on time for an appointment, or struggling to get established as a writer, all these difficulties may be the beginning of blessings in my life.
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Though she may not have realized she was doing so, Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro provides perhaps the most eloquent and heartfelt argument against standardized testing I have ever read. (And I have read many!)
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A couple lovely posts on creativity …
Discipline, like motherhood, is good for the soul. Poetry is good for the soul. Responsibility to all our dysfunctional relationships is good for the soul. The archetype of the selfish male artist tells us that we can’t manage all these things at once, that we can’t be simultaneously responsible to children, babysitters, self, and art, that we have to sacrifice, to abandon — but we know that’s a lie.
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My writing teacher, Phil Schultz, has written a memoir, My Dyslexia. The just-published review of it at The Chronicle of Higher Education concludes with a previously unpublished poem, “Getting Along.” It had me weeping.
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At Honest to Betsy, Betsy gets some perspective after her nearly two-year-old throws sand into the face of another little boy: “He’s not a bad kid. He’s just a kid. You aren’t a bad mom. You’re just a mom.” Words to repeat (and repeat and repeat) when the day isn’t going so well …