Little Thoughts

After Twenty Years

Reading the opening to O. Henry's 'After Twenty Years' fascinated me when I encountered it many years ago as a suggestion for a 'what happened next' creative writing exercise during teacher training. I remember using it some time later and enjoying the individual interpretations the children produced, many and varied in their outcomes, as the… Continue reading After Twenty Years

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Little Thoughts

Dragon Soap

'I want to use the dragon soap,' our youngest informed me. Now, we're all about encouraging our littlest lady to embrace hand washing after trips to the bathroom, but suggesting mythical beasts are living in the soap isn't a road we've gone down. So, despite being a bit confused, in the interests of getting out… Continue reading Dragon Soap

Little Devotions

Mastermind Moments

Things got a bit 'Mastermind' at our house the other evenin'. I don't mean I was put in the spotlight in the big black chair and given a limited amount of time to answer questions on my specialist subject, though, I reckon, 'What are we doing today?', 'What will we be doing tomorrow?', 'What's for… Continue reading Mastermind Moments

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The Dilemma of Disappointment

When it comes, disappointment creates a very uncomfortable dilemma: how do we deal with it? Late last summer,  I had what I'll call a bit of a 'wish it hadn't happened but know I've definitely learned from it' episode. You know the kind, when something happens that really shakes your confidence and leaves you feeling pretty… Continue reading The Dilemma of Disappointment