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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 […]


Cross-post: Musings when illness interferes with Life.

Cross-posting from facebook. It seemed it might be useful to have this up in an easily-retrieved space. Long post, abundant self-absorbed reflection, and minimal editing. Read at your own risk! Took a “sick day” today from the class I have been enjoying. Drinking LOTS of water and resting in my quiet room and it seems […]


A Lap Quilt for Dad

Some time ago, (autumn-winter 2019-20) I realized my third grade students could use a reason to practice measuring skills, and needed to refine their fine-motor skills as well. So we worked on a quilting project – not alone, I had parent helpers (including my own mother – thanks Mom!), and they were able to create […]


Thinking ahead… keeping space and opportunity.

What will the coming summer and school year bring? I honestly do not know. I am certain I have a position as a teacher, but more than that, I am not sure how the year will start out (depends on infection rates…). I am hoping to return to third grade – a near-perfect blend of […]


Learning to be OK with “just okay” or, “Why being the richest doesn’t mean being the best.”

Starting this very long, somewhat rambling post with a disclaimer: I do not pretend to be completely knowledgeable about the history and social dynamics of any country other than the United States. Most of my direct experience in life has been from a somewhat privileged vantage point of the child of two college graduates (both […]


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