SNEAKING UP

SNEAKING UP

Sometimes qualities of our selves sneak up on us. Over sixteen years ago I left the teaching profession, vowing I would never return. I can still recall that tangible freedom feeling on my last day of teaching. Of course, I was headed into a new marriage and, what I...
HAPPY GRATITUDE DAY

HAPPY GRATITUDE DAY

One of my sister’s texted back, “Happy Gratitude Day.” I heard the true Thanksgiving Day story as told by an ancestor of the first people here on this continent. My inner Thanksgiving narrative from childhood deflated from balloon to Whoopee cushion. My high school...
VOTE ‘MS.’ for ‘MISSUS’!

VOTE ‘MS.’ for ‘MISSUS’!

I have a proposal! [Hmmm – these Final Friday posts are beginning to feel as heavy as TuttTutt’s, (our childhood elderly babysitter’s) annual Christmas fruitcakes.] I find myself writing ‘Ms.’ as title for all women’s names – married or not. Long ago my stepdaughter...
IF ONLY

IF ONLY

Woke up at four in the morningTook son to CrossFit for fiveTaught youngsters music until threeRight now feeling barely alive Hope to someday find somebodyWhose interest it proves to beTo translate this song into visions‘If Only’...
OFF THE DOME

OFF THE DOME

So at my long term sub job I am working with a millennial who said to me, on the day I interviewed for the position, “Can we have a convo off the dome about your approach to collab? Here, let me get a translator and then I’ll answer… Love working with him. Great...
OVERALL

OVERALL

It’s curious. I recently took on a long-term sub position teaching music. Within the first week I have experienced all the reasons I both loved and left teaching 15 years ago.  Just yesterday, one third grade class chewed me up and spit me out. Balanced with that,...