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Grit Ruined My Saturday

Grit Ruined My Saturday

Saturday night and I headed out to one of my favorite joints for beer and pizza. Carb nirvana after a long day filled with all of the things that stack up and make a day off not so off.   So there I am, jobs well done, with my tall one, and a nice thick book and all...

Never Given Up

Never Given Up

Today is my mom’s birthday.  Even though she passed away 27 years ago, I still miss her. It is a rare day that a memory doesn’t come to me, or I wish that I could ask her about something. With an election year upon us, I am reminded of her political interests and how...

Back to School Isn’t Great for Everybody

Back to School Isn’t Great for Everybody

It’s back to school season and my teaching friends are posting photos of their classroom decorations on Pinterest and asking for lesson plan recommendations. Parent friends are Instagramming photos of last minute vacations and their kids with their shiny new shoes and...

Movie Night

Movie Night

Nothing says, “kick back and relax” like a movie night.  Laughter, suspense, a good scare or satisfying cry...movies meet you where you are and make it all better. There is something indulgent about turning down the lights (at my house it’s so I can’t see that I need...

Out with the bath water

Out with the bath water

 It’s time to throw out the baby. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had to deal with students coming to my workshops and events toting crying plastic dolls all geared out with bottles, blankies and a car seat.  Just as we’re tucking into a really great discussion, the...

Do It Anyway

Do It Anyway

There is nothing quite like helping another human being succeed. Being witness to a hopeful young person walking through a previously closed door, and grasping the opportunities found beyond that threshold, is life-changing. How lucky I’ve been to earn my living by...

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