LIFE

Yeah Write Me!

I wrote this piece as part of the Yeah Write Me Super Challenge. We had 48 hours to write on the topic of “discomfort.” (Of course, that meant about 2 hours before the deadline for me as I couldn’t get away from my kids that weekend!) Discomfort at the Feria I lifted my arm, and Jen […]

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Inclusion Comes Home

Here is my final ‘First Person’ column for the Virginia Journal of Education.  After five years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to another educator and writer.  I look forward to finding a new home for my writing. “Come give me a hug!” Zaveah commands when Justin enters the classroom. She has, at only four years old, the authority […]

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Pumpkin Thief

I recently found out that my friend Becky had her fifteen minutes of fame by writing a witty note to a “squash thief” who stole her two year old’s pumpkin from the front steps. It went viral. You can check it out here. Her simple act of defending her son – and using curse words […]

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Kidz n the Hood

  On a recent field trip with my son’s school, I heard a preschooler in another class approach the big blue car at the playground and say to the other kids, “get out the car, b*tch.” It reminded me of when my friend was student teaching, and a kindergarden student said to a classmate, “I […]

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A Tribute to MJ

We’ve been having lots of Michael Jackson dance parties lately. Justin seems equally obsessed with him and Raffi, go figure. I realized I never posted this story from the VEA. Moonwalking with Peter Peter got up in the middle of Writing Workshop to show us his Michael Jackson impression—complete with the crotch-grabbing. All in all, […]

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A Little Help Please?

I’m hoping to get my blogging game back on, if nothing else as a way to include writing as a more frequent habit in my life. A neighbor buddy encouraged me to write more about our ‘hood, and it certainly seems an ideal way to ease back into things. Goodness knows my parenting posts will […]

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Trash or Treasure?

It’s been embarrassingly long since my last post. My mind is often buzzing with new ideas for essays and such; but an “active” three year old boy, and a still not sleeping through the night four month old baby are keeping me from any coherent writing (not to mention taking up a LOT of my […]

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Spring Cleaning

Every season, I switch my closet out. In the spring, I put my winter sweaters in a big blue bin, and it goes into the storage space until the weather turns cold again. I try to purge, and create piles. Donate, consign, trash – just like those clear the clutter books recommend. I’ve gotten pretty […]

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Unexpected Inspiration

There is a woman who is at our gym all the time. She’s great at the step and aerobic classes that I suck at. She wears perfectly coordinated outfits, has beautiful olive complexion, a knock-out little body, and an accent that I can’t place. It’s easy to notice her because our gym is no frills and casual, […]

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Seeking Roomate

In keeping with the spirit of sharing something light and humorous on Sunday – here is a little something from the Washingtonian:  “Check Out the Insane Craigslist Post We Found This Morning”   My friend actually lives next to these guys. I swear.    

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