Tag: advice

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 […]

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, […]

What it takes to make this a better place


What it takes to make this a better place My school is still reeling from the sudden death of a student last week. Students and teachers are putting on brave faces but it isn’t easy. Sometimes I’ll see a student stare out the classroom window or put their head down on their desk and just […]

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.Ā  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 […]