Month: October 2016

The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump ( or Learning to Fly)


The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump (or Learning to Fly) For M. Six months after being diagnosed with cerebellar degeneration, six months after a neurologist examined an MRI of my brain, leveled his eyes, cleared his throat and said to me, “you should be dead or in a hospital bed” I’m staring at […]

Help Support WoFo’s Upcoming Write-a -Thon!!!


On November 22nd, WoFo will be sponsoring its semi-annual Write-a-Thon at Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The Write-a-Thon is a communal writing event that offers young writers a unique opportunity to discover their writing voice. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Special Olympics of New Jersey. Click the on […]

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In Good Company


A student recently asked me, “Hey Mr. Armstrong, what do you think about before you write?” I curved my eyebrows inward, adopted a deep, contemplative look, held a silence for a second too long and replied,  “Words.” The student rolled their their eyes, shook their head as if to say “Sorry I asked, you pretentious jerk” then […]

When Your Child Says the “F” Word


  I wasn’t ready for it. Not yet. I mean, I knew it would come one day like something in the mail, like something I sent away for. But I just didn’t think it would happen on a nondescript morning like this. But parenthood is funny like that. One moment you’re cruising along, one hand […]

A Hard Story to Tell – Part 3


A Hard Story to Tell  is a work of creative nonfiction that recounts the most unnerving experience of my life. The story was released in serial format. This is Part 3.         Part 1.            Part 2. For A.– “Balloons and lollipops. That’s what most kids choke to death on.” That’s what Officer James said through panted […]

Checkout my recent appearance on the Set Lusting Bruce Podcast!


“In today’s episode of Set Lusting Bruce Jesse and 3 time guest Jay Armstrong take a trip down Thunder Road.  Jay brings his background as a English teacher and as a writer to explore one of Bruce’s most popular songs. Jay and Jesse consider Thunder Road to be a modern classic both as a song […]

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