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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Casting My Ballot

  The very first time I cast a vote I was 18. I stood in my dorm room and penciled in the circles indicating who I wished to be president for the next four years. I sealed the envelope and mailed that ballot halfway across the country so it could be counted in my home […]

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

I Let Them Write Poetry

A few weeks ago at a teacher professional development session for English I, the woman in charge said that there is no reason for our kids to ever write poetry. We were in the midst of a unit that culminated in our students writing poems about themselves, the places that define them, trying tricks of […]

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Handwriting and Handwringing

She’s sitting on the bathroom counter with a book propped in her lap. She’s holding the tiny sparkly pen she earned out of the prize box at school last week and I’m giving her words to spell. The lines on her paper don’t match the lines on the paper from school – the blue and […]

Monday, August 18th, 2014

My Teacher Summer

One family vacation. More reading for pleasure than I’ve done in years. Many afternoons at the pool. Two week-long workshops. Two professional texts read and annotated. Many half-days at school      working on schedules           and interviews                and materials. A week of planning […]

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Gifts From A Mother Who Remembers

I was feeling overwhelmed. By the return to reality from a long vacation. By the quick return to work, putting in longer hours than I do during the school year. By the mess of still unpacked bags. By other people’s actions I wish I could control, other people’s hurt that quickly became mine too. By […]

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Six Word Wednesday

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When asked to write a story in six words, Ernest Hemingway responded: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” The idea of telling your story in six words is powerful to me, so I’ve started this series of six word blogs. What are your six words? What are your six words […]

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

This. Here. Now.

I read the book many summers ago now. It was a summer all about me. About reading. And writing. About exploring who I was and who I wanted to be. It was about being on my own, tackling things that scared me, challenging myself to grow. It was a summer spent in the desert, on […]

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

On Stage

Friday night Miles vomited twice in the car and when I pulled over and got out to clean him up I stepped in a pile of fire ants. I thought that was a sign to how the weekend would go. Last year I watched Nora suffer a stomach bug as her class danced in their […]

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Remember, You Promised…

When it’s just the two of us, we always hold hands. Walking into the grocery store. Walking to get Miles each afternoon. Shopping for art supplies. I reach down. She reaches up. It happens without either of us thinking. Like blinking, or breathing, or loving. My hand wraps around hers and hers around mine. Not […]

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

On Former Students and Musical Endeavors

It’s not often that I get to follow the lives of my students for years after they leave the comfort of my classroom. I see students almost daily for a whole year, keep track of them as they wander the halls and inch closer and closer to graduation. And then they go off into the […]

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