If you’re a teacher…

…then you understand how what happened when I got home is a perfect way to describe my week, the week before Spring Break: My puppy has this new game of yelping to get inside but running away when I open the door. He only does this after I finally get comfortable on the couch and…

MCPL Winter Reading Challenge

I did it! Not only did I complete 5 books in less than 3 months (a feat I haven’t accomplished in decades!), I completed a reading challenge, too! The point of the challenge was to read 5 books that took you somewhere new. I’ve always treated reading as a way to escape and to learn,…

What I am reading…

I’m about 3/4 through this novel, my first Philippa Gregory experience. Actually, that’s not quite true. It’s my first experience with her written work. I have seen “The Other Boleyn Girl,” as well as Starz’s “The White Queen” and “The White Princess” series. Before I began reading this one (chosen because I really liked the…

Reading Challenge 2019

I’m not really sure why I continue to do these (lol), I never meet my goal. I do, however, have a phenomenal time failing because… hello! Books!! Please join me on this adventure! I am also involved in the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Winter Reading Challenge. For that, I have to read any five books before…

Thank you 2018, Cheers 2019

18 Things I Learned from 2018 This self-care shit is the real deal. For me, part of it has been embracing my salty sailor side (ok, just the language bit — I’m really not that into water or boats or swimming). Seriously, it’s the fucking bees knees–love me or leave me, I’ll be fine because…

Black Klansman

It took me a few weeks to get through Black Klansman. It was an easy read and if I had not been distracted by school, marathoning “Trial & Retribution,” and *ahem* reading a few romance novels, I probably could’ve finished it in a day or two. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I felt that it was…

Again.

I started writing this weeks ago. Another of our former students, “Larry,” was killed. His funeral was way before Halloween and I am still having difficulty putting my feelings into words. This one I knew quite well. And so I was surprised when it took days for me to have an emotional response to his…

Drinking while Reading

Teachers give themselves homework. Sometimes it’s just to have fun, but often it should probably be classified as research. This is the latter category. I’ve worked with teenagers a long time. I’ve seen them grow into productive citizens despite traumatic or abusive childhoods. I’ve also known them to commit terrible crimes before, during, and after…

The Choice is Ours

I agree… and I disagree. Some people are not able to make these decisions alone. Contrary to Paul Simon, we are not rocks or islands. While some possess grit so intense that they can propel themselves out of trauma, others absolutely need a strong support system. Perhaps it’s genetic, you’re born with it or you’re…