Tag: #storytelling

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 […]

How to Cross a Threshold


The following post, “How to Cross a Threshold” was originally published on March 18, 2018. This piece was also published in “Generations”, a quarterly publication that explores ataxia research and promotes ataxia awareness.     If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of […]

A Therapy Story


If you’ve been keeping up this blog you probably know I started Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy a few weeks ago. VRT is a form of therapy that uses exercise to improve gaze (eye movement) and gait (walking/movement).  My vestibular disorders, which are a result of cerebellar atrophy, vertigo (dizziness) and nystagmus ( involuntary rapid eye movement) […]

Happy Thanksgiving


When I look at the world and its hulking mountains, its sandy beaches, its flowered fields, its distant stars–I realize the world has enough stuff. When I look at myself and my loving and supportive family, my messy but comfortable home, my refrigerator full of food, my shelf full of books– I realize I have […]

Candy Land – Student Voices (Guest Post)


Once you’re alive, can you ever really be dead?  Candy Land is a personal narrative written by one of my students, Kayla Paterson. This story, Kayla intertwines the past and the present to explore the power of life, death memories, and board games.  Meet the Writer Kayla Patterson is a 12th grade student at Robbinsville High […]

Using Your Pain to Tell Your Story: When Students Teach Teachers


This week’s post is a slight detour from my month-long research and writing about chronic illness.  Next week will be the final installment on chronic illness. Even though Dina, the girl who always wore sleeves, has been a student in my class since September, I really meet her for the first time last week on a […]

How To Get Men To Talk About Their Chronic Illness


The following post is part of the The January Project: Chronic Illness. A month long project where I research and write about chronic illness.  The information presented in this project is intended for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor. I am a teacher and writer who, while being afflicted with two chronic illnesses, is trying […]

The Strength in Weakness- Student Voices (Guest Post)


Vulnerable and powerful, The Strength in Weakness is an unflinching personal narrative written by one of my female students about her dangerous attempts to achieve the physical perfection.  In the age of social media, the social pressures to conform to conventional notions of beauty are dangerously high for teenagers, especially for females.  The Strength in […]

What You Need To Know About Men Who Have A Chronic Illness And The Shame They Feel  


The following post is part of the The January Project: Chronic Illness. A month long project where I research and write about chronic illness.  The information presented in this project is intended for educational purposes only. My hope is to increase awareness to help those living with chronic illness and to offer clarification to anyone […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Tell a Story on the First Day of School


In 8 Reasons How To Be A More Interesting Teacher This Year I explained stories are how I often communicate complex concepts to my students and how stories help heighten student engagement. With that being said, there is no better school day than the first day to engage students with a story. Here are five […]