August 10, 2019

There were protests across the country at Walmart this morning. The participants are raising the issue of guns being sold at the stores. There was one at the Walmart in Parkland, about ten minutes from my house. I really debated going. I wanted to be there, but also knew that I needed to take a … Continue reading August 10, 2019

August 7, 2019

Today was my first day back to school for the 2019-2020 school year. It was the first day of planning week; the students return on 8/14. I was very anxious yesterday and last night. I had trouble falling asleep and I didn’t sleep well. I’ve been pretty ok about not getting the back-to-school jitters. This … Continue reading August 7, 2019

August 1, 2019

I went to therapy today for the first time in over a month. I absolutely love my psychologist and I’m so thankful that I found her. She gets me. She gets trauma. She gets PTSD. She just gets it. I feel so comfortable talking to her. I always leave my sessions lighter than when I … Continue reading August 1, 2019

July 23, 2019

I haven’t been political here much, if at all. I am an extremely political person. I am liberal. I am a life-long Democrat. I speak out against the government, as is my First Amendment right as an American citizen. I have voted in every election since turning 18. I take my children to vote with … Continue reading July 23, 2019

July 17, 2019

My son started his own blog today. He has loved sports – all sports – for as long as any of can remember. He went to baseball and hockey games before he turned one. He wants to write and be a journalist. This makes my heart sing. He will be on the newspaper staff when … Continue reading July 17, 2019

June 26-28, 2019

I just got home from speaking at the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers – conference in Orlando. I was approached a few months ago to speak to a group of social studies members, as well as a group of English/language arts members. I arrived in Orlando around dinner time on 6/26. I … Continue reading June 26-28, 2019

June 5, 2019

I have now officially ended my 17th year of teaching. I’m not sure where time has gone, or how all of those years have flown by so quickly. I began teaching straight out of college. I graduated in May 2002, had a job by July and began teaching in August. I was at Lyons Creek … Continue reading June 5, 2019

June 2, 2019

My daughter gave me this illustration tonight. It’s things like this that make the long hours, days away and hard work worth it. There are times that I really feel like a shitty mom, even though I know I’m not. I’m humbled that she’s proud of me. I have always been pulled in 1,000 different … Continue reading June 2, 2019