Tag: life

Let the healing begin


Let the healing begin When tragedy strikes–when is the right time to move forward? When is it okay to laugh and smile again? For the past 9 years, in the days leading up to then senior prom, I have been performing  “Armstrong’s Awesome Prom Power Point” to my students. It’s a fun presentation mixed with […]

My hardest day as a teacher came this week


My hardest day as a teacher came this week On Monday night a current student of mine passed away. It wasn’t the student I told you about last week. In first period on Tuesday morning I informed my class of 12th graders that one of their classmates was dead. By their reactions, it was clear […]

The morning after tragedy


I recently read screenwriter Eric Roth finished writing a sequel to Forrest Gump on September 10, 2001.  Then September 11th happened. After September 11th, Roth said the story just felt, “meaningless” and trashed the script. And we, the audience, were left forever imagining what could have been. I imagine Eric Roth woke up on the […]

All this busyness worries me


Saturday night Cindy and I went to our life-long friend’s 40th surprise birthday party. Earlier that day we shuttled our kids from play dates to soccer games. So much of adulthood, of parenting is carting the kids from one place to another. An endless loop of pickups and dropoffs. A mini-van Pro AM.  A frantic […]

Happy Holidays from Write on Fight on!


Happy Holidays from Write on Fight on! I woke up on Christmas Eve morning at 10 am, which is absurdly late for me. Even on weekends I’m out of bed by 7 am. The reason? My children are getting an XBox for Christmas and I was up until 2:30 am installing updates, setting up parental […]

This post is dedicated to the look my son gave


These days Santa Claus is a curious subject in our house. I’m pretty sure my 10 year old daughter doesn’t believe. However her belief, or lack there of, has yet to be confirmed. My 8 year old son’s belief hangs limbo. He’s asking questions: “So what if your house doesn’t have a chimney?” and “So what […]

To a friend who is concerned about spending their time wisely


To a friend who is concerned about spending their time wisely  Years ago, when I was doing stand-up comedy, I fell into a conversation with an older women, a grandmother type. She was sitting at the bar where I had just finished a set. After a sip of her 7 and 7, she told me […]

The race I did not run.


On June 2nd I marked September 23rd on my calendar. On September 23rd I planned to run my first 5k. An act of defiance of sorts. Defying both body and brain. Proving that I could physically and mentally triumph over 5 years of living with cerebellar ataxia, sarcoidosis, nystagmas, enlarged lymph nodes, vertigo, muscle spasms, […]

Why is it so damn hard to take your own advice?


As a teacher, writer, and speaker I give advice. I offer students, readers, and listeners with solutions to the pickles of life. For the past 8 weeks I’ve been training to run a 5k in September. I’ve been telling you that if I overcome my sarcoidosis and brain damage you can certainly overcome your problems. […]

How to Deal with Anything For my friends, two in particular, who are going through real shit today. 


How to Deal with Anything: 1.Make a Declaration You have a Problem. A Problem that has manifested into an uncomfortable truth. When living with an uncomfortable truth– illness, addiction, financial hardship, depression, anxiety, confusion, damaged relationships– the first step is to make a declaration that exposes your wound. I have____________. I am _____________. My relationship […]