Tag: advice

Leave it to the dead to teach us about living


Leave it to the dead to teach us about living This post is dedicated to JR and LM. Keep fighting kids. It’s worth it. Yesterday, before I received Deb Dauer’s inspirational blog-turned-book, Not Gonna Be a Debbie Downer I highlighted the following sentence in Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius’s journal, Meditations: “The whole of present time […]

Losing my cool


The other day I lost my cool. I yelled at my son. A hot, loud dad-snarl. He was already in trouble for lying about his homework the night before and his attitude toward me sent me seeing red. I stalked toward him and saw fear flash across his face. No matter your age, seeing your […]

To my friend who is lost


This post was originally published in September 2018. To my friend who is lost, Your life is a story. A story played by three familiar characters: The hero The hero is brave and courageous. Not always but on most days they try.  The hero embraces their weaknesses and vulnerability. They pursue passions. And listen. And […]

We are all connected


~This is a new post~ The murder of Samantha Josephson has consumed me since I heard on the morning of Saturday, March 30th. Samantha graduated from the high school which I’ve taught for 12 years. I didn’t teach Samantha but I taught her sister and when Samantha was a 12th grader we shared a few […]

Trying to answer the unanswerable questions


~This is a new post~ Five and a half years later and there are still a few pieces missing in my health puzzle. My doctors and I have checked under the table. Lifted the carpet. Felt between the couch cushions. And still nothing. I spent so much time, and energy, in the spring of my […]

Where are we going? (And what’s the hurry?)


~This is a new post~ It’s 7:15 am and I’m driving to work and the silver SUV behind me is riding my tail. In the rear view mirror, I see a women with bright red lipstick in the driver’s seat motioning for me to move out of her way. I can’t hear her but she’s […]

I’m thinking of you, Alex Trebek


~This is a new post~ Friday evening I watched a full episode of Jeorpardy!. I’ve always enjoyed the show (even unsuccessfully attempted an online tryout) but the show airs weekdays at 7 pm, a time I’m usually carting the kids of to some practice or game. My reason for tuning in was part curiosity, part […]

I was rejected


A few months ago I applied to present at a one-day conference for writers and teachers. Yesterday I received a rejection email. When I got to the second line, “Unfortunately…” I  deleted the email, blasting it into email oblivion as my mind shouted madman things: “Who are they to reject me?!” “They don’t know what […]

To celebrate 100 subscribers…


To celebrate 100 subscribers I’m gifting “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” and a “Life favors the brave” bookmark to Megan C.– Write on Fight on’s 100th subscriber. I want to thank everyone who has shared this journey with me. I know your life is full. It’s demanding, packed with commitments, and ripe with responsibilities. And […]

Today is a great day to start over


~This is a new post~ The other day I saw a young couple, a man and a woman, sitting on a porch step, leaning on one another and sharing a bottle of beer. Their were smiling. They sat in silence, just a couple of kids, as the evening sun tossed shadows across the front lawn, […]