Why we read those seasons-changing books to the youngest.

Along with picturebooks about the alphabet, sleep-monsters, Goodnight, Moon, and Love You Forever, there are many books about seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter. Though they tell the same story over and over, still they sell, and still we buy, drawn to them. Why?

Night-time reading pile

You know the books! With the sweetest…


But could we do it?

More often than not, when one brings up the topic of equality and equity between women and men, the wage gap is cited. Then the talk is of the need for more women leaders.

People who grasp that numbers and statistics don’t always tell actual stories — rarely, in fact…


I write all over the map

I am not a niche writer. I publish with some regularity for The Writing Cooperative, and for Middle-Pause. Also for P.S. I Love You, The Faculty, and others. Many pieces are about caregiving and ALS, about family relationships, teaching... I’ll set up themes below, and collected titles — not all…


The good, the bad, and the ugly

In sickness and in health

What does that mean? It wasn’t something I was thinking about, that hot August day in our backyard under the pear tree. I wore a green wedding dress that I’d discovered in an antique store, a week after telling my mother that green was the…


Let’s resurrect the idea of tithe, and keep art in our lives

This past summer, this was the one way I heard live music: in the park, and on the beach, with a jazz standards group. Bring a blanket and bottle, enjoy the setting sun, the warmth on my back. Listening to tunes that have sustained for decades.

The idea of tithing…


That only you can create and give

Your version of a family story — family anecdote, family history — is yours.

To share.

When my father was recovering from a heart attack, the hardest piece for him was being unable to do the things he loved best — chopping wood, clambering around the rooftop (!), fixing things…


Change from without.

We TALK about “outside the box” but as a society we are more in the “box” than ever. We’re about six feet under, by my calculation.

While this is not a piece about homeschooling per se, I think that the homeschooling community— or for grownups, the autodidact world/thinking — has…


Brought together in one post

Below I have brought together my posts about caregiving — from being in-the- midst-of-it, to the after-shocks, to dealing with children, and a couple ALS-specific pieces.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comment area — I will be happy to answer to the best of…


A Tiny Life Moment of Seeing Anew

The Moment

Usually the old toaster burned things — or burned one side. I had adapted. I had learned to flip the bread around to toast the second side, had learned to pull the plug and stop the process when I thought it might be finished… judging by the smell.

But this…


Up your sleeve for a short time, then going going gone

Write while you can. Write hard. Write good. Write bad, for that matter. Write the book you want to read. Finish it. Find an agent. Publish. Now.

Who am I to be telling you this?

I have published eleven books with traditional publishers, in so many genres and forms. Good for me.

I’ve also taught writing in an…

Alison Acheson

My latest book is a memoir, Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days With ALS. I am on Substack! Check out: The Unschool for Writers.

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