Between Denver and Dakar, Day 1

Dear David, This morning I clung fiercely to your neck, wrapped tightly in your embrace, while high schoolers snickered nearby and teary-eyed parents snapped photos. You smelled of Old Spice body wash and fresh winter air. I buried my nose in you, memorizing even these smallest details. Saying "Goodbye" never gets easier. Stacks of black-and-white passport copies... Continue Reading →

When it’s a challenge

I'm brushing my teeth and stewing in discontent and frustration. Blemishes from too much chocolate and too much stress pockmark my reflection. Harsher blemishes from sarcasm and the three-ring circus we call "middle school" pockmark my soul. In the midst of my grumbling scrubbing, a still, small whisper breaks through my revere. "What about giving thanks? What... Continue Reading →

Done and done

I've had it. For those concerned that this blog has turned into nothing but gratitude fluff and cotton candy sweetness, you will rejoice to hear that tonight's reflections were first steeped in sarcasm. A lot of sarcasm. The gingersnap and vanilla ice cream BEFORE dinner didn't even do much more than increase my awareness of all the... Continue Reading →

Four small tokens of gratitude. They happen to be chocolate.

My desk is covered in papers and miscellaneous teaching supplies. Make-up work for two students - one who has been downed by a stomach virus, another who is heading to Hawaii for a family wedding - nearly slides off the edge. Psychedelic Kleenex box perches near partially-completed current event report and often-jammed stapler. Coffee sits precariously near very full agenda... Continue Reading →

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