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On Radical Kindness

On Radical Kindness

As promised, here are my remarks for our 2016 National Honor Society induction ceremony.  Good evening. Before I begin, I want to thank you for asking me to speak tonight. I am honored, and so very proud of all of you. As our current Public Speaking teacher, I feel just a tiny bit of pressure … Continue reading

Radical

Radical

At school, we share our success just as freely as we share our failures. About a month ago my dear friend and colleague, Jane, popped into my room at the end of the day to tell me about her moment. And friends, it was a good one. Like my lockdown story, it was born of … Continue reading

The Lockdown Story

  Lockdown drills are an unfortunate necessity in modern America. Every school has their own protocol, and I’m finally seasoned enough to only question whether I leave the blinds up or down. I know where my “Grab and Go” bag is, and I no longer need to consult the cheat sheets and maps for directions. … Continue reading

My Shitty Husband

My Shitty Husband

I didn’t realize it was my (former?) anniversary until I saw it on Facebook. “Three years ago today . . .” it said. And there was a picture of so many of us, my people, huddled together in and around and on top of the outhouse that my then fiancé carefully crafted so that it … Continue reading

Thursday

Thursday

And if I loved you Wednesday, Well, what is that to you? I do not love you Thursday — So much is true.  And why you come complaining Is more than I can see.  I loved you Wednesday, — yes — but what Is that to me?  — ESVM Oh, friends.  You heard me say, … Continue reading

Got That Fire

Got That Fire

For myriad reasons, I needed a break. Some privacy. A solo ride.  Naturally, I decided to drive to New York to make this happen. We know I don’t do things the easy way.     While I did really need to get the fuck out of town, the most valid reason I needed to leave was … Continue reading

System Overload

Sometimes my work life and my home life do not complement each other. Work, at 12:30 p.m. Students enter the classroom and simultaneously begin talking to me, all thirteen of them. Despite my best efforts, even after a gentle “heads down, make a pillow with your arms, breathe” time out, this continues. For say, ten … Continue reading

Circling the Drain

Circling the Drain

Oh, friends. I’m circling the proverbial drain here. It’s October and I’m a teacher. I just fed my family a perfectly reasonable meal and THEN I ATE GOLDEN GRAHAMS FOR SUPPER. We’ve been talking about symbolism this week, and I thought if my students could see that bowl of sugar cereal on my counter, well … Continue reading

Glass Houses

I’m thinking about empathy today, friends. And about how we pretend like we know what others are living through, and how we can fix it. Most of us don’t know how it feels to be an addict. We don’t know what it’s like to feel un-loved. Most of us have never been truly starving. Or … Continue reading