HAPPY 2018, Everyone! Have fun making memories!
Ah! It’s summer. I can read. It’s sounds awful to say (and hear) but I don’t read much for pleasure during the school year. It’s difficult enough juggling reading for school, teaching, writing curriculum, planning, grading, writing for me, house stuff, family stuff-- life. Every once in awhile, I’ll indulge myself but only when I... Continue Reading →
A rare gift for any family with “adulting” children, we spent two whole months together. Timing really is everything. My eldest, Ryan, living and working as a chef in Chicago, took two months between jobs to spend at home for the holidays. At the same time, my younger two (one a senior at college, the... Continue Reading →
2016 has certainly had it’s highs and lows. For me and my family, we’ve had a pretty good year. In our little bubble, we’ve been fortunate and I count our blessings daily. Gratitude means a great deal, I’ve learned over the years. Gratitude and hope. On the periphery, 2016 wasn’t as kind to our nation... Continue Reading →
So I cast my vote in this election. To be honest, after 33 years of being an earnest voter, for this election, I wasn’t sure that I would. I believe in our Constitution; I believe we all have a voice; I believe our voices should be heard. Normally, I’m not afraid to voice my opinions.... Continue Reading →
Each summer, I make a promise to myself: to read the stack of books I've been accumulating throughout the year (the ones I didn't get to because I'm reading or grading for teaching, or writing, or doing mom stuff). I taught two new classes this year and I had a student teacher, so school took... Continue Reading →
2015- My Year In Review Best Songs: Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran Lost Stars, Adam Levine When We Were Young, Adele Everglow, Coldplay The Way I Am, Ingrid Michaelson Diamond Road, Sheryl Crow Best Reads: Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera The Paris Wife, Paula McLain The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass ... Continue Reading →
A HOW TO GUIDE & My Personal Journey
I’m unsure whether my curiosity for nostalgia originated from my mother’s side or my father’s. To be sure, I listened to the tales of lives of those I both knew and only knew of from my maternal grandparents and my paternal grandmother and great-grandparents. I had the great fortune of knowing most of my great grandparents, a distinct honor not bestowed upon many, I know. This, in part, is due to my parents becoming parents at such a young age. I was an oops baby, the one that set my family’s journey in motion. Perhaps that’s where the curiosity originated. I could listen for hours to any of my grandparents telling me stories of old. “Back in the day,” as they almost always began.
Angela, my maternal grandmother, always told me stories of relationships. Of who got along with whom and the…
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A vignette of the youngest of three and only daughter going off to college… It had been looming. But I put it out of my mind. Concerned myself with matters of the day. Reminding Alexa to write her thank you notes. Going to Target one last time, although we’d said that last time. Keeping up... Continue Reading →