January: Reading, Writing, Thinking.

I’m reading about…

Convents and the Spanish Inquisition.  The Sisterhood is my book club’s selection this month.


I also just received Deconstructing Penguins, a guide for discussing literature with kids.  I found the Goldstones’ Used and Rare oddly riveting for a book about book collecting, so I’m optimistic about this one.

I’m writing about…

Management.  Startling, I know.  But the real news here is that I’m trying to do most of my writing on paper.  Too much screen time has been giving me some wicked headaches.  I’m in slight denial that my eyes are failing me, but I am certain my office ergonomics are off.  I’m intrigued by the idea of active sitting and wonder if this chair would help my neck and back.

I’m thinking about…

Homeschooling.  My kid is only 2, so I have some time to think about this one.  But I believe self-directed, project-based learning is the best preparation for tomorrow’s careers.  And test-centric public school just isn’t providing that.

Penelope Trunk makes a pretty persuasive case for why homeschooling is the best solution for balancing work and kids.  But then there’s the primal fear that my kid will turn out weird.  Or that I will have to learn to knit.

If you’re interested in homeschooling, The Year of Learning Dangerously is insightful and laugh-out-loud funny.  As is Quinn Cummings’ blog.


This post contains affiliate links to Powell’s Books.



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