It might be wiser to face both literal and figurative fires than to ignore them.
Who teaches us how to behave and how do we understand that right to direct behavior?
Sound and sense—how I figure out communication depends mostly on what appeal to my ear.
We need teachers. We need teachers who are not merely well-educated and kind and hard-working. We need teachers who are smarter than most of their students. My original post "WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO BECOME A TEACHER" went up on my previous blog while I was actively teaching in a public high school. I reposted [...]
A friend asked me what local schools in my area are doing this fall. So this will be a rant. Don't read more if you don't care to know what I think. I do not know what is happening with our grandchildren’s Montessori school. I do not see how their parents can afford the tuition [...]
The other day when we came home from our morning walk, Gary did what he generally does and walked around the house. Just in case. That day he found a dead rat on the north side concrete walkway. No blood, no wound, an apparently sleek and healthy but certainly dead rat. Had the rat tried [...]
A friend traveled to her vacation house, another marched for justice, and our younger son and his children are here for the weekend. Most of my yarn order arrived in the post office, but we will not visit before Monday or Tuesday. The website promoting my fifty-year high school reunion has not been updated for [...]
My final offer for lower credit card interest rates came via a phone call just the other day. That's not the last time I will receive it because despite the sincerity of the young woman's tone and message and her assurance that they have been trying to contact me several times and this is my [...]
The Atlantic's advice for the class of 2020 This year’s college graduates are having a very different graduation season than they probably imagined. At The Atlantic, we’ve been trying to help the class of 2020 retain at least one ritual: the commencement speech. Here are a few words of wisdom for the graduate in your [...]
My tomato seedlings are growing their second set of true leaves, a sprouted mango pit needs to be put into soil, and the other night I dreamt about a former student, the only student I've ever had who I would still have said I disliked. Despite some unpleasantness with those who wanted grades rather than [...]