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When Giving Up is a GOOD Choice

I spent my own money, close to a “grand” to attend a module for a particular teaching method I have dabbled with but never been officially trained in. The week before it started (5 days before) a dear family member died of covid. The second week of the 2-week course I took ill on Wednesday […]


An End, and a Beginning

The summer was not “as advertised” this year. I remained ill for another few weeks, though we had a lovely visit with my grandfather in Ashland at the end of July and saw several plays (LOVED LOVED LOVED Richard II!!!). Was too exhausted, though, to try for the second silk painting session. Hoping for at […]


Long silence but not low effort

This school year has, predictably, been a time of extreme effort on my part. I rarely have time to just sit and enjoy fun things, when I do sit I am usually working on a small present or reading the news. I feel inadequate most days, knowing that there are so many more strategies I […]


A full week teaching!

I am still having pretty much the time of my life with the 7th and 8th graders I get to work with. There are plenty of things that are confusing, but I have so much support that I only have to ask a question (or if I have to fix things retroactively) and I get […]


Stepping Forward, Stepping Back: The dance of change

In the wake of the fire, Tom and I are still working on finding equilibrium. The size of the apartment, the distance from my gardens, the lack of comfortable space and privacy, the noises of the city — and our neighbors — all conspire against the comfortable routines and patterns we used to have. He […]


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