The Journey to Nursing School: Saying YES!

The last time I wrote a TJTNS, the journey to nursing school, post I talked about something relevant to me at the time which was {switching schools mid pre-requisites}. This time I thought I would talk about something a little more applicable to all the sweet wide eyed babies hearing back from colleges and that is saying 'YES'! ...more
All the best with your nursing school experience.  Becoming a nurse was the best thing I ever ...more

Ipads for Toddlers

I have one friend on facebook with a daughter who is under the age of two. She is constantly posting pictures of her daughter playing with her Ipad and writing comments like "I told her she needed a break from her Ipad and now she is screaming. So cute how much she loves that thing." She even bought an expensive thick case to protect the thing for when her daughter throws it across the room. Is anyone as bothered by this as I am?...more

Angela Davis Out Of The Box

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Bullying: my story

 On the outside, i seem like a confident, happy, bubbly 21 year old. I am very close with my family, have a lot of friends and i am really happy with my life. But all the time i know, somewhere deep inside of me there is a shy, frightened and sad little girl and i feel like she will always be there. Reminding me that i haven't always been this happy.I was bullied all throughout middle school, from ages 8 to 11. I had head lice. Something that is very common with children and obviously, someone else at the school had them for me to be catching them. ...more

Do We Have to Call It 'Sex Ed?'

I have written about Sex Ed before, both its importance and the fact that I believe we are doing families and students a disservice by calling it that. ...more

One Mom Walks 60 Miles to Support Education Changes

We all talk about making the world a better place for our kids. I'm sure, in our heart of hearts, we believe that we'd do anything -- even move mountains -- to make sure our kids have opportunities and a chance at a great life. We can talk the talk, but can we walk that walk -- like Heather Ousley of Kansas who recently walked 60 miles to Topeka in support of the organization, Game on for Kansas Schools. Game On is fighting proposed changes to the way finances are handled for K-12 education....more
I like this post.  I am passionate about early literacy.  I see too many kids who haven't been ...more

Helping Girls Rise

 As a little girl, I loved books. I read everything, everywhere. My love for reading led to my love for learning, which led to my love for achievement, community service, and the quest for social advocacy. From a very young age, I was taught that being smart was more important than being pretty, and that school should be my top priority. As a result, I deeply valued my education and craved knowledge. But I am one of the lucky ones. ...more

Top Ten Success Tips For My 25-Year-Old Self

Dear 25-Year Old Self, As I am turning 50 soon, I feel that I can give you some excellent I’m-twice-your-age-youngster advice, with a bonus tip: Top Ten Lists have better Google juice. You’re welcome! Here we go, youngster. ...more
It has NOT been 15 years since Maybe, Baby.  Wow.  You are something else.  Thanks for your ...more

Editing My Own Story: Going Back to School at 36 Changed My Life

I was 36 when I decided that I didn’t want to do what I was doing any more, and certainly not every day for the rest of my working life. ...more
This is so inspiring! I started college right out of high school and had no idea what I wanted ...more

What Makes Teaching Worthwhile

Occasionally, my students surprise me. Like when they exclaim in June, after a year of calling me Mrs., “You’re married?!” Or, when they announce, “My feet smell good today.” (They definitely did not smell good that day.) I say, “Oh?” and they say, “Yeah, I put perfume on them this morning.” Or, when given permission to go rinse out their mouth because they have been hacking incessantly, they head to the hand sanitizer machine, and then wonder why I am shouting STOP across the room in horror. ...more
Like, awesome on steroids...broadcast in stero....this was great!more