Month: April 2017

What Word Keeps You Up at Night?


It’s late and I can’t sleep again. My mind tosses and turns while I lay still, staring at the ceiling. My mental restlessness began with the obvious tumbling thought, “I should be sleeping”. It blooms like an innocent thought. But innocent thoughts can seed big, complex, even damaging thoughts. I should… Start eating healthier again. Be […]

WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Cory Arrighetta


WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features 4th grade teacher, coach and Mets fan Cory Arrighetta. I would like to thank Cory for his interview and dedication to the teaching profession. You cannot make it in this profession unless you love it. Besides being a teacher […]

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Prince Harry Taught All Men a Life Saving Lesson


It’s an old story. A bit cliched. But still a worthy one… A man and a woman are in a car. The man drives as the women navigates through unfamiliar territory. They have no map, no cell phone service. The woman acknowledges the pending darkness and lightly suggests, they stop and ask for directions. The […]

WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Lauren Boyle Plaxa


WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features 9th grade history teacher, writer and joke teller Lauren Boyle Plaxa. I would like to thank Lauren for her interview and for her dedication to the teaching profession. …if you love what you’re doing […]

Life in 6 Words


Defining Fatherhood: A Letter to My Daughter on Her 9th Birthday


Dear Haley, It’s incredible. It really is. 9 years ago, a nurse loaded you and your mom into the back seat of our silver Chevy Malibu, shut the door, stepped back, offered a smile and suddenly our lives began together. Surprisingly, sometimes life is that cut and dry. One day you’re curled inside your mother and […]

3 Strategies You Need to Know When Teaching Writing to Teenagers


Teenagers often swagger into an English classroom with a fixed mindset. A mindset of either: 1. I’m not good at writing and never will be. or 2. I’ve always earned high marks in English and past rubrics indicate I’ve achieved mastery in writing. My experiences have shown me that though it’s difficult to transform a fixed […]

WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Andrew Patterson


 WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features teacher and coach Andrew Patterson. I’ve had the honor and privilege to teach beside “The Big Man” for the past 11 years. I would like to thank Andrew for his interview, friendship, humor, honesty […]

An excerpt from “The Wink”


Below is an excerpt from a story I wrote three years ago called “The Wink”. The story, set in 1994, recounts a championship baseball game I played in and serves as a tribute to my father. He turns 63 this week.  …At the height of the evening’s drama, dad looked down the first base line […]

A Painful Reminder to Slow Down


I felt it coming for sometime now. I was waiting for it like the way you wait for seasons to change or like the way you wait for something to arrive in the mail. Never knowing exactly when it will arrive, but when it does, your life with be somehow different. Maybe it was the […]