If We Were Having Coffee, December 1st

If we were having coffee today, December 1st, I’d invite you in and offer a piece of the banana-nut bread I made this morning. We can listen to Chaka Khan’s Classikhan. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a quiet Saturday afternoon. I’d ask you about your Thanksgiving and tell you about mine. I spent most of the day with our five-year-old granddaughter. We read books and … Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee, December 1st

If We Were Having Coffee, October 7th

If we were having coffee today, October 7th, I’d invite you in and share some of this delicious cinnamon-raisin bread. Just the smell of it is enough to make your mouth water. I’d show you the latest stack of books I received from Scholastic. I think I order more than the students do each month. I can’t help it….I’m a bit of a bookaholic. Speaking … Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee, October 7th

Weekend Coffee Share, September 23rd

  If we were having coffee today, September 23rd, I’d invite you to visit with me in my home office. You can sit in my favorite rocking chair. We’ll use the mugs my husband brought home from Channel 8. He does cooking segments there on a pretty regular basis. You’ll see the cats enjoying the new cat tree I recently installed, and of course, Rocco … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share, September 23rd

Hell: Closer than You Think

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Hell exists. Buried deep within the bowels of a local hospital, demons wearing nurses’ uniforms frolic with grandiose EMTs,  while sour-face attendants monitor the doors. The rules are simple: Do as you’re told and don’t ask questions. It is their circus and their monkeys. Humanity ceases to exist as patients are subject to the whims of those who lost the ability to care eons ago. Continue reading “Hell: Closer than You Think”

White Lies

In preparation for a unit on The Cay , I provided my seventh grade class with a belief assessment list. They had evaluate each statement and decide whether they agreed. One of the statements was “True friends never lie to each other.” It was fascinating to watch my group of fourteen students select opposite sides of the room, almost equally. Many felt that it was … Continue reading White Lies

The One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Faith from Faith…Literally for nominating me for The One Lovely Blog Award. I am so very touched. She’s a beautiful poet and a talented writer. Check out her blog. I’m also thankful for everyone who takes the time to read my writing. Okay, now for the One Lovely Blog Award rules: (Thank you, Faith) The One Lovely Blog Award … Continue reading The One Lovely Blog Award

Not a Statistic

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has stunning information regarding struggling students in the United States. The organization states “While some educational outcomes for students with learning disabilities have shown improvements in recent years, overall they remain unacceptably low.” Here is a summary of the facts. Close to half of secondary students with LD perform more than three grade levels below their enrolled grade in … Continue reading Not a Statistic

Irresponsible Reporting

Two of my three children have asthma, and although I tend to be fairly laid-back, this is one condition that has always worried me. When my daughters were very young, I became well acquainted with the symptoms and treatments of this disease and monitored any slight cough or wheeze with extreme trepidation. My daughter, Mary-Kate, was hospitalized for several days in 2007 because she could … Continue reading Irresponsible Reporting

To Happy Endings and Promising Beginnings

Two of my former students came to visit today. These spirited, high-energy boys often found their way into trouble in their many years at our school. They were my students for three years, and I experienced the full spectrum of emotion with them during that time: frustration, exasperation, joy, pride, happiness, and occasionally fear.  As their enrollment in our safe haven reached its conclusion, I … Continue reading To Happy Endings and Promising Beginnings

Back to School

Somewhere in the moments between July and August, there is a shift. It’s almost imperceptible, yet parents and children feel it. The laid-back vibe of summer becomes replaced with an anticipatory Back to School environment. It’s seasonal, cyclical, and unavoidable. “Back to School” sales explode in every medium like proverbial rabbits. Somewhere in the moments between August and September, school resumes, engaging entire populations in … Continue reading Back to School

More Than This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRrT0Ak18Pc “I found a book that my mama kept Filled with secrets she hid And in a dusty old attic, one mornin’ I read About a woman I never met Who had dreams just like mine With every page that I turned, the words came alive” (Written by Liz Hengber, Deanna Bryant)   My mother is not a writer, but she is a brilliant individual. … Continue reading More Than This