Category: Life Lessons

Making progress (from pole to pole)


Making progress (from pole to pole) Last summer, when I was training for a 5k, to keep myself focused and motivated I often jogged from light pole to light pole. Visual markers were instrumental for my progress. I had to see the finish line. Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy, explains that people do not accomplish their […]

A long post about a lot of stuff


A longer post about a lot of stuff Today’s post is longer than usual because I’m a teacher and I’m on summer break and because day-time television stinks and because writing is away to avoid doing housework and because I’ve got a lot to tell you and I know you’ll listen. So on Monday I […]

The 21 Day Freedom Challenge


The 21 Day Freedom Challenge Celebrating the Fourth of July this week I heard the word freedom tossed around a lot. George Washington won our freedom from the British and the American military has kept us free since and it’s wonderful. I teach many Indian students whose parents were born in India and immigrated to […]

The World Really Needs Your Genius


The World Really Needs Your Genius I am not religious. 16 years of catholic school (elementary, high school and college) can do that to you. When it comes to religion I have more questions than creeds. I hope to one day figure the whole religion thing out. But today I’m not here to share my […]

Perspective


Perspective A dear friend who has pancreatic cancer is not doing well. I thought a lot about her this weekend. About how she’s fighting terminal cancer and I’m out here complaining about heat and traffic and food prices and gas prices and how my children can be so ungrateful sometimes as a person I love, […]

Sometimes there are sirens…


Sometimes there are sirens… My brother and his now-wife got married on Saturday. It was an absolute stunner of a wedding. The ceremony was on the roof of an old, out-of-commission South Philadelphia high school.   For months I watched my brother and his then-fiancee strain and stress over wedding preparations. From the food to […]

Goodbye Room A-205


Goodbye Room A-205 For the past 13 years Room A-205 has been my classroom. However, due to some logistical changes coming next school year, I accepted to move to a new classroom. I’m just down the hall but as my long-time hallway neighbor joked, “it’s like being a thousand miles away.” A-205 was the first […]

Welcome to the Writing Room


Welcome to the Writing Room For nearly four years most of my writing as been done at the kitchen table. But since we last talked I’ve converted our guest bedroom into a writing room. For writing this book (working title: Why are the Suburban Young Men Killing Themselves?) I needed a quiet place to retreat […]

A book update, a health update… and apparently I'm looking good these days


A book update, a health update…and apparently I’m looking good these days I’m extremely lucky to have an amazing network of people who are supporting my book effort. Since Monday I’ve received emails and messages of support. People have gifted me books, suggested books, recommended people to interview, and someone even offered to edit my […]

How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?


I was recently asked, “How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?” It’s a really good question. Because we all have a toxic person in our life who, though we may love them or have an attachment to them, they frustrate and anger us. They make us feel inadequate or unwanted. […]