How Far Is Too Far When A Teacher Shares Personal Information With Their Students?

"Hey babe, how was school?" "My teacher is a lesbian!" "Excuse me?" "She told us today in class. ...more
It's a fine line, for sure. I taught high school, and I had students ask me if I was gay. I'm ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 3: Share A Moment and Enter to Win $250

Sometimes it is the smallest of moments that have the biggest impact on our lives. Perhaps it's laughing with a good friend because you share a sense of humor. Maybe it is the simple pleasure of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. It could be the spring in your step and swagger in your walk because you are wearing that pair of boots that you love. What are those little moments in your life that add up to a feeling of Life Well Lived? Please share your Life Well Lived Moments in the comments* below to be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card! ...more
There are so many moments that make me feel warm, nurtured and loved. Some are solitary; some ... more

CPS Showed Up at My Door: An On-Going Lesson in Consequences

I received a knock on my door this afternoon, and when I answered it I was met by a small, blonde woman who announced that she was from child protective services and she needed to talk to me. If you've never had that experience (and I hope you never have), let me try to describe how it feels. Your heart starts racing. Your mind starts spinning, frantically trying to recall something -- anything -- that could warrant a visit from CPS. I was in full panic mode, but trying my very best to hold it together. Or to at least not pass out....more
I am utterly horrified by your story, Brandi. The CPS person was doing their job, but I read ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 2: Share A Moment - Enter to Win $250

Fall is almost here and the change of season is the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf (pun intended!). Will you rock a new look? Carve out a little calming Zen space at home? Figure out ways to strengthen your relationships? Let us know how you will create your own personal Life Well Lived moments in the coming months! ...more
A life well lived means a different things to different people. Fall always energizes me after ... more

My Favorite Author — You Don’t Have A Snowball’s Chance Of Making the List If. . .

Yesterday, I wrote about how impossible it is for me to pick a favorite book. Today's prompt is "My Favorite Author." Again, a Herculean task. I don't have a favorite author; I have favorites, but that list would require a .pdf file and be an extremely boring list of "Why Erin Likes Blahdy Who and YaddaX." SNORE. Instead, I present -- ...more
Thanks, Victoria! I feel down and went boom on the daily blogging, but I'm trying to get back on ... more