Hope and Bravery and Beginning Again

Once upon a time, when we were newly arrived in North Carolina by way of two years in Alaska, I was frustrated and stressed and we were out of money.See, when we left Alaska, I resolved to myself that I would no longer teach. Teaching was something that didn't bring me joy. It brought stress and frustration, but it also brought money that was much needed.And so, when we got to NC, I didn't apply for teaching jobs. I subbed, but my focus was elsewhere - I was looking for something else....more

Hope and Bravery and Beginning Again

Once upon a time, when we were newly arrived in North Carolina by way of two years in Alaska, I was frustrated and stressed and we were out of money. See, when we left Alaska, I resolved to myself that … Continue reading → ...more

Simile

My life feels like a rollercoaster ....more

From the Trenches of Alcoholism

Alcoholism sucks. I know I'm not speaking from direct experience, but as one with a ring side seat, let me assure you that is absolutely awful. I can tell now. I know what to look for. And that fact alone has been hard won. It's come from emergency gallbladder surgery two years ago....more

From the Trenches of Alcoholism

I can tell now. I know what to look for. And that fact alone has been hard won.It's come from emergency gallbladder surgery two years ago ....more

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I try not to mention ads too much, although I do run them in the sidebar. Yes, it costs money to run a blog, but in all honesty, I’ve been running a few ads for years and I’m pretty sure … Continue reading → ...more

Hard Words

Do you still like me? I don’t know how I feel. I love you, yes, but like you? ...more

A Difficult Week

Today, I have: 1. a cold. or the flu ....more

The Anxiety Machine

A few times a month, I have bad anxiety days. Not days when I have panic attacks – which, thankfully, are rare – just days when my anxiety sits on top of me like a layer of rocks, reminding me … Continue reading → ...more

Changes Changes

In my 13 or so years of teaching, I have taught multiple ages. I have taught kids from age 3 to age 21, have taught kids with affective needs, autism, developmental delays. I’ve worked in elementary schools, high schools, and … Continue reading → ...more