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built for travel

built for travel

Years ago, Will and I were on an early morning flight headed to parts unremembered. Likely it was to the east coast. To summer. To Massachusetts. B...
neopolitan world

neopolitan world

I'm not really sure how to start this story. Stories usually just germinate and begin in my mind. From the beginning...aaaaand GO! But the mind of ...
a story in five parts

a story in five parts

In second grade I teach the kids to write a five-part story. Is it the program we use? Perhaps not exactly. But is it the curriculum? Yes. And is i...
hippies and fanatics

hippies and fanatics

Mags is a bit under the weather. Not COVID-related. Just the other things in life. "I kept feeling like maybe I had a fever,"I touch her head. "But...
market underworld

market underworld

This season at the farmers market I have been a part time vendor. What that means is that I request to come to the market on the weekends that I ca...
mixed healing arts

mixed healing arts

I have stalled my series on Tibetan Heart Yoga for reasons both internal and external.  Leading the pack are the external reasons, simply for lack ...
february already

february already

I'm not actually sure how to tee up this week. So much, really, to process. Was it when I learned we had stronger "sides"? A tumble on the soccer ...
the scavenger: a repost

the scavenger: a repost

-originally published September 2019 Mags was grounded from her phone (practically) all summer. Then, no sooner did she get it back, did she drop ...
the storytellers

the storytellers

I did something in 2nd grade today that I have never done in all my 18 years of teaching. And it honestly came to me in the blink of an eye. We wer...
accomp'ny me

accomp'ny me

In my classroom we have helpers. And two of my helpers, one boy and one girl, are in charge of...oh, I don't know. Odd jobs, we'll call them.A mess...
summer harvest

summer harvest

One of the perks of being a market vendor is that by 11:55 on a Saturday morning--if you happen to be anywhere near an almost sold out produce vend...
an "aunt" problem

an "aunt" problem

If I could possibly convey to you how hilarious it was to have my aunts and mom "work" my booth at the Farmers & Artists Market this weekend, I...