WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Kelly O’Neill


WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features special education teacher and one of my oldest friends Kelly O’Neill. I would like to thank Kelly for her interview, for being a life-long friend and for her dedication to the teaching profession. Find what clears your mind and […]

Bowling with God (or a curious conversation with my son about death)


When I grow up I still want to see the world through childish eyes. A few days after writing Advice from the Dead, Chase and I were in the car together. I’m driving, he’s tucked in the backseat and it’s raining. Of course it’s raining. Stories like this are almost always punctuated by weather. With the […]

Advice from the Dead


The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.–Cicero Recently, while cleaning out the garage, while rummaging through stacks of dusty boxes I came across a brown, unmarked envelope. Intrigued, I quit rummaging, opened the envelope door and found my grandfather smiling on the other side. Inside the envelope it’s 1954 […]

The Easiest Way to Ruin Your Life


I can’t believe I almost let a 15 year old jackass ruin my life. When I was in 9th grade, my English teacher walked to my desk and praised me in front of the class for a creative piece I wrote. She said I exhibited a strong writing voice, a solid command of language and encouraged me to keep […]

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What My Stand-Up Comedy “Career” Taught Me about Fear


It’s 2005 and I’m sitting at the kitchen table leafing through The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mom is at the stove whipping eggs. The coffee percolates and the TV weather man urges us to keep the umbrellas handy. Mom whirls around, offers me a plate of bacon and eggs and tussles my hair. I’m 25 and in a few weeks […]

So You’re on a Plane and There’s a “CODE RED!!!”


   I’m on Flight 1990 from Philadelphia to Puerto Rico and in the middle of reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson when a panicked voice breaks over the intercom, “CODE RED, CODE RED!!!” A worried stewardess rushes up the aisle. A nervous current catches and spreads across the cabin. […]

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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