In Defense of Fiction

                 I just finished reading a novel called Little Bee, by Chris Cleave.  I came upon this book accidentally, as is often the way I come across a particular book.  I’m a haunter of thrift stores, bargain bins, and garage sales for new and interesting titles to line my bookshelves with, both the ones in my home and the ones in my classroom.  I’m a big believer in the power of the written word to transport and transform, to ignite and incite, and to engross and...more

To Brianna, Looking Forward and Back

June 7, 2011  It’s a paradox, you know?  At this moment in time, on this particular occasion, this momentous hour of looking forward and back, it’s a paradox.   You’re a paradox. I look into your eyes and still see the tiny, fragile newborn before me, nestled comfortably in the crook of my arm.  Your eyes look up at me and I fill your whole world.  You, too, fill my whole world.  Your every need is my charge, and I am consumed with the responsibility and the wonder and most complete love I have ever known.  I look into your eye...more

Who Is Steering the Ship?

March 23, 2011 It's the question at the forefront of a lot of minds these days: What's Wrong With Education, and How Do We Fix It? The simple answer to a terribly complex question is there are far too many captains attempting to steer the ship in several directions. Who is the clientele?...more

It's Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

March 6, 2011 Seriously, I'm an optimist. A Pollyanna. A Happy-Day-Sunshine kinda gal. But my goodness the world of education is beginning to look bleak. If I am to understand the vision of things to come, my classes will be much bigger next year, but there will be no money for books or supplies with which to teach the kids....more

The Prom Speech

Today is the Prom at our high school, and I teach seniors. Every year I give a big 'prom speech' to all of my seniors in class on the day before the big event (and a similar, but modified one before Winter Formal and graduation). There are a few variations year to year, but the main message is always the same....more

Maybe Pockets Would Have Been a Better Idea

Maybe Pockets Would Have Been a Better Idea April 12, 2010...more