2020 Graduates Need Leaders Like Barack Obama Now More than Ever

My daughter graduates this year. And, similar to the last weeks of my grandmother’s life and battle with Alzheimers, I never imagined this kind of goodbye. Over the last few weeks, I have fallen into sadness, sometimes madness, over this world we live in. But, the words Barack Obama wrote told my sadness that it’sContinue reading “2020 Graduates Need Leaders Like Barack Obama Now More than Ever”

Mommy Needs Space for Mother’s Day

It’s not that she doesn’t love you. No, she loves you way too much. That’s the problem. That’s always been the problem and you know it. It’s only gotten worse now that she’s trapped in the house with you. You know that too. So, please, give her a break. And, while you’re at it, pickContinue reading “Mommy Needs Space for Mother’s Day”

Speak Up Saturdays

The sound of a teenager’s voice can send a parent or teacher into the realm of insanity or lift someone out of the depths of despair. Showing teenagers the power of their voice helps them understand what to do with the words that buzz in their brains. Our teenagers need to stay connected in creativeContinue reading “Speak Up Saturdays”

There’s An Artist Hiding Inside Your Child’s Mind

When my son was six, he wouldn’t use descriptive language like my daughter who devoured books and words faster than most children. My son liked to describe everything with a zip or a zoom. He’d riddle his sentences with a series of sounds that could sometimes be mistaken for heavy fire in a battle orContinue reading “There’s An Artist Hiding Inside Your Child’s Mind”

A Little Bowie on Your Mind

Under pressure pumped through the speakers while shoppers puffed along with their masks in place. They followed the blue arrows and took the small packages of toilet paper from the shelves. No one interrupted that song with the reminder that we need to practice social distancing and we’re all in this together. For one ofContinue reading “A Little Bowie on Your Mind”

Applause Applause, Give the Teachers a Hand

I slapped my legs and snorted this morning while putting my groceries away. Who knew that listening to my kids’ English teacher talk about the schedule for the week would be so entertaining? I mean, yes, I also teach English and have been told on more than one occasion that my backup plan should beContinue reading “Applause Applause, Give the Teachers a Hand”