2016 Summer’s Promise

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 →

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This Year’s Best of the Best

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 →

Following Sea

Long Island Sound 2015 Time is a ghost out here on the open water. Thoughts ebb & flow like crashing waves. And, you and I, our sea legs planted, silently being. Your fishing line taut with promise of a catch. Me, immersed in a novel-- all the hopeful possibilities. Taking turns at the helm, we... Continue Reading →

Building a FAMILY TREE: Legacy

Mirror MUSES

A HOW TO GUIDE & My Personal Journey

Madsen Norman family

inspiration

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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Empty Nest: Someday is Today

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 →

Summer’s Promise: Reading Wrap-up 2015

Throughout the school year, I accumulate a pile of novels I want to read that I simply don’t have time for when I’m reading novels with students for, often, four courses simultaneously. I’m lucky if I eek out a reading-for-pleasure novel a quarter during the course of the school year. Each summer, I look forward... Continue Reading →

ACTING LESSONS: BRINGING SHAKESPEARE TO LIFE

Every teacher knows a good lesson when she experiences one. The energy in the room is high, students are leaning in eager to see what comes next, they are completely focused and engaged; then, when the bell rings, they leave the room talking with their peers about the experience. For me, every single year, acting... Continue Reading →

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