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Summer Break

When I was little, summer seemed to go on for eternity.  As a child of the 70s, the days were filled with playing outside with neighborhood kids. We drank from the hose, played kickball in the street, and ran away from home for hours to empty lots for “club members only” meetings. Good or bad, … Continue reading

Today is Saturday

It is Saturday morning and I am the only one awake at my house. I woke to thoughts of rearranging my classroom furniture, reading a stack of realistic fiction for report cards, and gearing up for a short vacation before I teach summer school in July. To many teachers, the idea of teaching summer school … Continue reading

Sweet Stella

We couldn’t stand the loneliness after having to put our precious Schnauzer to sleep almost seventeen years ago. It was sudden and shocking and we were beside ourselves. We didn’t want to feel that emptiness one more day. Only days later, we met Stella. Stella was everything that our sweet senior Schnitzel wasn’t. She was … Continue reading

My Q and A with Science of Parenthood

  When you are a parent, you discover there’s a science to it. These ladies were one of my first parenting blog resources and I’m excited to share about their new book! Just in time for the holidays when every parent could use a little help!   What’s Science of Parenthood all about?

Mother of an Update

I’m sure I’m not the only one to learn while on vacation, that your mother has been in a life-threatening accident. Actually, I know for a fact I’m not because my sister’s family was out-of-state on vacation and got the same horrific news. An unbelievable accident. We knew she was a fighter. We expected that … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Weekend

At the last-minute, we decided to head to the ocean for a few days. We packed up the dogs and family and headed our Subaru to a rental property that we enjoy. We traveled about three hours which is really the farthest we go these days. An impatient kid and a geriatric terrier limits our … Continue reading


I am one of those people who really enjoy the coming of spring. Where I live, it’s already looking like spring. The days are longer, the trees are starting to blossom, and I’m getting that urge to clean and organize. Funny thing about my TBP, he prefers a clean house but isn’t fond of the … Continue reading

This Woman

I woke up this morning and thought about This Woman that I haven’t seen in years but who is in unimaginable pain. The kind that everyone knows that someday they could face, but no one wants to admit it. She was lucky enough to be married to her best friend for 24 years, but has now … Continue reading

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading


As an adult, I rarely read for enjoyment. I read magazines and blogs and nonfiction books. My intent is to gain information and usually, I prefer my answers quickly versus eloquently. There.  I said it. It seems sacreligious to “out” myself as an Anti- reader when I am a teacher and an aspiring writer. Maybe … Continue reading