As I was thinking about what I wanted to write about tonight, I called my mom back in Florida. I’ve been so busy that I hadn’t called since I came back from Christmas. Shame on me! I know. But we started talking about my niece, Audrey. Ever since she’s been born when I was still in University, she has been dubbed my mini-me. I look almost exactly like her when I was the same age; short, chubby, blonde with a round face and a button nose. It is such a funny thing that even though I’ve rarely lived in the same country, nevertheless the same city, since she’s been born, that she is also similar to me in many other ways. For example, we both love to eat, are the only left-handed people in our family (other than my paternal grandmother who passed when I very young), and we both love to read. I can’t count the number of times I would spend the summers on the balcony of my apartment sweaty with a popsicle and a book. It was easier to pass the time since we moved quite often, I went to more than 5 schools by the time I was in 4th grade. She is the same way. Currently, she is in grade 2 and can read on a 4th grade level. My brother says she loves to get books and she is always reading something. I love that little girl, just like all my other nieces and nephews, but I guess we have that special connection. I’ve been a reader my whole life, with the exception of my rebellious high school years that I got into music instead. 😀 I’ve always been a storyteller, but never really wrote my stories down. I did attempt to do this many times over the years, but ended up with a half-dozen journals/diaries with one or 2 entries into them. This is something I am really working for the coming month, to help me get into the routine of writing on a regular basis. I like flushing out my words and thoughts on paper and in a blog. So I would love some feedback from other slicers now. Anyone else have this same problem? Any strategies to help make this more a part of my at least weekly routine? I see the value of modeling writing to my students, and I think I would be very happy writing more frequently myself.