Tag Archives: kindergarten

A Dream

15 Jan

All I really need to know I learned at my daughter’s kindergarten. Not to get all Robert Fulghum on you, but the hour I spent at her school yesterday was one of the most profound and moving experiences I can remember.

Ananda’s school has an assembly every Friday morning, with parents invited to stick around after dropoff, even encouraged to do so. These hour-long all-school events are always worthwhile, with singalongs and other endearing evidence of the school’s more-than-lip-service commitment to community building. But yesterday’s was an especially tender assembly, coming just before the long weekend of Martin Luther King Day.

My girl was among the first to step to the front of the room. She and her class of kindergartners and first graders presented a biography of King, each child reciting a few facts, one after another, or holding up drawings to bring the story Continue reading

The Interview

13 Dec

“I am a writer.”

Those were my first words to the audience when I gave a talk the other day about The Writing Life. Occasionally, we writers are invited to speak in front of groups of people who want to know about what we do. We eventually get into the intricacies of choosing what topic to write about, of zeroing in on the most precise words to use, of baring your soul on a piece of paper or smart phone screen. But I wanted to start with the basics.

My audience seemed to appreciate that. The room fell silent, every eye fixed on me. I decided to draw these people in even more. “What I do,” I intoned with Continue reading