Stories Told. Lives Changed.
It was this week, last year that I published The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump ( or learning to fly). It was one of the greatest leaps I ever took. Here’s why. Any writer who tells you they’re not worried about how their work will be perceived is lying. Look dear reader, I […]
When Tom Petty died I was suddenly 19 again, wearing headphones and slumped in the backseat of a rented minivan. Dad is driving, Mom is riding shotgun and my two younger brothers are tucked in the middle bench watching Home Alone on a TV/VCR combo dad had strapped to a milk crate to entertain the […]
As a teacher, my relationship with summer is complicated. I love being lazy at 10 am. I love long afternoons on the beach, watching my children build sand castles and dig for shells. I love impromptu BBQs and staying up past 11 pm on a Tuesday to watch reruns of The King of Queens. Yet, […]
During the week of July 17th, I facilitated the Write on Fight on College Essay Camp for a great group of rising 12th grade students. Throughout the week we learned: Why writers should brainstorm like Vin Diesel… Fast &Furious Why, as writers, should always create more content then we actually need How to destroy […]
Teenagers are notorious for their lack of attention and internal busyness– especially in a classroom. They live in a chronic state of unawareness and have a cantankerous yearning to be somewhere else. “I want to go to sleep.” “I want to go home.” “I’m starving, when’s lunch?” And in these modern times of computers and […]
Teenagers often swagger into an English classroom with a fixed mindset. A mindset of either: 1. I’m not good at writing and never will be. or 2. I’ve always earned high marks in English and past rubrics indicate I’ve achieved mastery in writing. My experiences have shown me that though it’s difficult to transform a fixed […]