Stories Told. Lives Changed.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]