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That Time I Went Batshit Crazy on My Kid

He was seven, give or take. I came home from work to find that he and the neighbor had just spray painted my parents' patio with bright red and black spray paint. Words like "cool" and "Pokemon" now littered what was, to be honest, a pretty sad space to begin with. It was spring, I… Continue reading That Time I Went Batshit Crazy on My Kid

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Decluttering Your Life, Letting Go, Organization, Parenting

A Very Short Story About a Toaster Oven

If I had to choose one small appliance that has stood out for my entire life, it would have to be the toaster oven. There have been many in my life, and though each has its own legacy, one in particular stands out for me. One year at Christmastime, Dad bought a brand new toaster… Continue reading A Very Short Story About a Toaster Oven

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Let’s Play a Game That’s Not Really a Game

You've seen all those "Let's Play a Game" posts - the Internet's version of "Have You Ever?" They ask you to look at various statements about your past deeds (or misdeeds, as it were) and assign yourself a score. What would the #metoo version look like? I wondered. So let's play. All are welcome. Calculate… Continue reading Let’s Play a Game That’s Not Really a Game

Education, Parenting, Philosophy, Relationships, Self Care, Social Justice

Stop Telling Kids to be Nicer to Bullies

Today's headline was this. And I just can't. I can't perpetuate the myth that people who shoot innocent children in schools do so because they were bullied. I can't accept that somehow a mass murderer deserves my sympathy as much as or more than the victims and their families. I can't tell my children or… Continue reading Stop Telling Kids to be Nicer to Bullies

Education, Politics, Social Justice

North Carolina Legislators, Please Note

Today is the first day of your short session. It was adjourned, as I have read it, within 30 minutes of its call to order. This, with approximately 20,000 North Carolina teachers on your doorstep. We expect more from our lawmakers, just as we expect more from our students. As educators, we are responsible for… Continue reading North Carolina Legislators, Please Note

Letting Go, Parenting, Relationships

To My Mom, Who is Far Away, On Mother’s Day

I wish I could be with you on Mother's Day, but as it works sometimes, time and distance are not with us this weekend. From my living room eleven hours away, I am thinking of you in your home of the past year and a half, a home we never intended. No one ever does.… Continue reading To My Mom, Who is Far Away, On Mother’s Day