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the trust walk

the trust walk

I have a little boy in my class and-true story-he's head over heels in love with a little girl. I intercepted a note that he once tried to slapshot...
needs must

needs must

At about 10:30 last night, 200 miles into a 250 mile drive, Mag and I stopped to use the restroom. If you've ever driven through Illinois and India...
americana

americana

About halfway through today I texted Dan to ask him out. Out on a date. I have been busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Sunday. And he has been dis...
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...