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in a second

in a second

In a second I'm going to clean up this house. The tent, the little girl socks, the bowls of chips, yesterday's lunch--abandoned as we whisked ourse...

midnight wandering

I do a lot of wandering around in the middle of the night. White robe, hair in my face--like an apparition on silent feet. While awake, I will peek...
one early morning

one early morning

Oh my gosh. I have got to tell you about this horrifying thing that happened to me this morning. Not horrifying in that anyone is hurt--except me. ...
basically

basically

A little while ago, my friend Jamie came to me with a thought. "You should make a dry seasoning with all the seasonings that are in Pop Pop's Olive...

my favorite laugh

"Well, I think it's haunted."This, I said to Jeni, who was sitting across the pod of desks from me. We are in my classroom because the conference r...
an easy legacy

an easy legacy

As you know, there is a crisis in education. COVID changed the white collar world. And well, teaching is a blue collar field. And in no other place...
not just yet

not just yet

"Oh, I totally forgot to tell you guys something." It's morning meeting this morning and I have a lot of fresh faces. Not sure of me yet, though I...
five minutes

five minutes

Last night after dinner, Kiki and I were in search of a snack and she wanted to try the Dots pretzels. I told her they might be too spicy for her, ...
the right eyes

the right eyes

Maggie has this particular personality trait that--and I mean this in the kindest, most heartfelt way--it drives me a little bananas. And it is th...
it goes on

it goes on

It's a beautiful day for a graduation! And before you panic--(Maggie is GRADUATING?!?!)--No. She isn't. She is entering her senior year this fall. ...
the communion line

the communion line

I am going to tell you a story, my dear friends, about a moment in time that was...well, it was charming in its way. Rioutously funny in other ways...
the breakfast club

the breakfast club

There is an alternate dimension at school. A tide pool which I step my foot into every Wednesday and Thursday--and it is called Aftercare. I will t...