When a Simple Errand Becomes Life-Changing

Yesterday I picked up an order for my daughter so that she wouldn’t have to leave the house with her infant son. Easy enough. I drove there, picked it up, and headed back. On my way I encountered several four way stops. At one in particular there were red reflectors attached to each stop sign.Continue reading “When a Simple Errand Becomes Life-Changing”

Hitting a Detour Doesn’t Equate with Failure

To say my journey to overall better health is off to an auspicious start would be very accurate. I had everything organized to set myself up for success, and then this happened: Our grandson Ace was born, our first grandchild. While I was planning to start focusing on my journey, my path went completely toContinue reading “Hitting a Detour Doesn’t Equate with Failure”

Continuous Journey Requires Specific Goals

“The point is that you are back, wobbly or not!” When I wrote about getting back on the bicycle after time away from doing things that had been a natural part of my life, a friend of mine made that comment. I loved this, because it was so accurate. That’s exactly how I felt! ButContinue reading “Continuous Journey Requires Specific Goals”

Teaching Middle School During a Pandemic Has Its Benefits

While many of my teacher friends share tales of woe and While many of my teacher friends share tales of woe and higher stress levels, I would like to offer an alternate view of teaching during the pandemic. Yes, a majority of us have been thrown into something we’ve never experienced. As a 26-year veteran,Continue reading “Teaching Middle School During a Pandemic Has Its Benefits”

Unexpected time off, unexpected thoughts

To borrow an overused word, it’s been a ‘surreal’ start to my spring break as a classroom teacher. This is the first time I’ve had a spring break in my educational career, and while I thought I would be giving myself a long to-do list to accomplish this week, I find myself in thoughtful contemplationContinue reading “Unexpected time off, unexpected thoughts”