When I asked, "HOW DO YOU FIND PEACE?" you answered! Thanks so much for the flood of helpful and innovative responses. So many of you offered great ideas. Sometimes I get stuck inside of my own head and struggle to think outside of the box. Now that the world is opening back up, our new … Continue reading Summer Lovin’
Quarantine. I never really gave that word much thought. I never needed to. Have you? Now that word takes up a huge space in our vocabulary, our time, our energy, and our brain. The first two weeks were like winter break the very first year that I taught. I did nothing. Almost literally. The first … Continue reading Quarantine: The Roll-Coaster Ride
On March 12, 2020, the Governor of MD and the State Superintendent of Schools canceled schools for 2 weeks in an effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Complete shutdown for two weeks. Teachers asked: WTF do we do with two weeks off, because a virus is spreading and people are dying? How do … Continue reading Covid19: Social Distancing and Dating
Pic Cred My online dating profile says "I love to cook, and do so fairly well, but I burn brownies." By saying that, I hope to convey that I enjoy cooking meals but suck at baking. And I hope to share something about the way I spend my evenings after work, yes. But I also … Continue reading Burnt Brownies
Truth be told, I began fearing that my next date was going to be Dirty John, or someone like him. Or worse, that my weariness and frustration with online dating would drive me into the female version of him, Dirty Dorothy. So I stopped. You are welcome. Side note: If you want to have better … Continue reading Hope Prevails
Wanna get ice cream sounds innocent, right? Buckle up buttercup...cuz not in this case. I began chatting with this man, I forget his name, but let's call him Richard, or Dick, for short. We grew up in a similar area and had some common friends from the past in our peripheral circles. We talked about … Continue reading Wanna Get Ice Cream?
"To be or not to be? That is the question." Hamlet ponders this existential question while deeply immersed in decisions regarding betrayal and revenge. Ultimately Shakespeare shows us that revenge results in coldness and loss for all involved. I teach Hamlet every fall to a group of hesitant and doubtful seniors who are preparing for … Continue reading To Pay Or Not To Pay?
Every summer, in late June, I nestle into a rustic cabin in the woods with some of my best friends. The trip is to see Dead & Co. We pack food and beer so that we barely have to leave the campsite, except to hike and see the concert. We want our time there to … Continue reading Wonders of Nature
I hate change. How much do I hate change, you ask? I hate change so much that even the school year's ends gives me pause and dread. Why do I hate change, you ask? Fear of the unknown, simple as that. Because I am a high school teacher, the day that school ends, the two … Continue reading Change Sucks
Learning to trust your inner voice/instinct.