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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

Aftershocks

Aftershocks

A post in which I use a tired metaphor because my brain is tired and I can’t really think of anything else. If I were a geologist, I would have seen the earthquake coming. Unless it’s one of those disaster movies (why do I love them so much?!) where the fancy ass scientists don’t recognize … Continue reading

Miso Soup for One

I just gave the kids what they wanted and fixed myself my very own meal. Neither of the boys (one mine, one borrowed) are picky eaters, but 1. I didn’t feel like the production of cleaning my kitchen so I could make them a meal and 2. I wanted to let them pick as a … Continue reading

Room of Requirement Potato Pancakes

 We ate these suckers hot out of the pan, burning our fingertips as we shoved them toward our faces. A mere twenty minutes earlier we were on our way home from school and crankily listing all the shit we needed to pack for our next stop. Colby was going to attend my evening classes with … Continue reading

The Equation of Happiness

It’s no secret that my life is BIG. Not ‘just got back from Paris’ big, but ‘I fill every cranny of my life with amazing things that I could not stand to NOT be a part of but the sum of which utterly DOES ME IN’ big. During the summer this is fine. I’m a … Continue reading

A Week in Pictures

I’m sitting in my car, parked outside the music studio where Colby takes drum lessons. Mother Nature decided I was tired, so she’s watering my garden for me. It seemed like a good day to spend a paycheck. At Target, on school supplies. The irony. I had allergy testing done earlier this week. Now I … Continue reading