Month: January 2017

A Message of Hope For All Those Stressed-out Teachers


The other day I felt that familiar hot streak of panic rush through my chest as I stared down a mound of ungraded assignments, as a slew of unanswered emails festered in my inbox, as the guidance department requested a meeting for that “special” student. To all those stressed-out teachers… I feel you. Make no mistake, […]

So…when do we become adults?


16 years ago I’m jammed in a Penn State frat house with my buddies Pete, Jack and a few hundred other rambunctious Nittany Lions. There’s cans of Natty Light and shots of Jagermeister and a cover band thrashing through a version of Blink 182’s “What’s My Age Again?” in the living room. We’re young and […]

What it’s like to write and “parent” at the same time


Last night I sat down at the kitchen table to write a post. I was armed with good intentions, a good idea and a good cup of coffee. I wanted to write a post themed on why during these days of political and social turmoil it’s crucial to reminder yourself that… “Yes Dylan, I’ll get […]

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The Write on Fight on Essay Contest Winner-Siret Mann


The winner of The Write on Fight on Writing Contest is Siret Mann!  Siret is an 11th grade student at Robbinsville High School.  Siret’s story was chosen by a panel of judges for its “emotional depth and maturity.” The writing contest, held on during the December 8th Write-a-Thon, required students to write an original, personal story about one […]

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What’s the one message about life you would share with your family?


I recently packed up the suitcase, left Cindy and the kids behind (with her permission, of course) and met up with a bunch of long-time friends in Puerto Rico for our buddy Marc’s wedding. It was a stunning little ceremony, staged outside on a horse farm nestled in the lush Puerto Rican rain forest. My […]

What’s the point of school?


As I was packing up my desk on the last day before winter break a former student knocked on my classroom door. “Mr. Armstrong!” “M!” For the next few minutes, M and I did the former teacher/student small talk thing. After we covered such topics as about the weirdness of walking down the old high […]

Couples Who Watch TV Together Stay Together


Over the last few years I’ve made a concerted effort to watch less TV and spend more time reading and writing.  Why? Because that’s what all the productivity experts on the internet told me to do. Less leisure. More work. They told me if I want to become a successful writer, I’d have to eliminate distractions, turn […]

Standing in the Intersection of Fear and Intuition


When faced with a difficult decision, we tentatively stand at the metaphorical intersection of fear and intuition. When we let fear dictate out decisions we fail to make progress. We move in every direction except forward. When we let intuition navigate, when we have the courage to trust ourselves–we are guaranteed to move forward. Be […]