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Teacher, writer, mother. Not necessarily in that order. I blog here and on Huff Post.

  • Summer Reading

    Not that kind of summer reading. I’m talking about the assigned kind. A few years ago I wrote an article about summer reading and how ridiculous it was becoming. Unfortunately, not much has changed. So in honor of my children… Read More ›

  • That Birthday Feeling

    It was just my birthday. I wish I could pinpoint the day that my birthday stopped carrying that “birthday feeling.” You know what I mean. There used to be a certain intangible aura that used to follow me from the… Read More ›

  • Choosing the Jedi

    A while back, I had a discussion with a friend of mine about joining the dark side. Yes, THAT dark side. Even though I wanted to think that when it came down to it, I would choose the right path,… Read More ›

  • Powerball

    I didn’t win the Powerball on Saturday night. I was shocked. I read all the odds. I knew that I had a greater chance of getting struck by lightning, twice. I knew that I had a greater chance of hitting… Read More ›

  • Fear

    I am generally not an overly fearful person, but there are a few things that I am constantly nervous about: 1. Getting buried alive. 2. Having my skirt stuck in my underwear when I leave a public restroom. 3. Thinking… Read More ›

  • Talent for Sale

    I’m worried that we’re losing talent. Real talent. Before you swing me up and flog me with names of artists and writers, filmmakers and musicians, hear me out. We can definitely do things better than we could a hundred years… Read More ›

  • Forgetting Boston

    Somewhere on that Friday, I forgot about Boston. Don’t get me wrong. I was plugged into virtually every part of the story that unfolded that day like an episode of Homeland. Or 24. I had the live police scanner feed… Read More ›

  • Dear Teacher

    Dear Teacher, I am writing this to you because I have been in the education business for almost two decades and have been around the block, so to speak, in terms of teaching experience. I’m also a parent, so I… Read More ›

  • A Quick Monosyllabic Post

    By the way, this is not that hard, but does take some time. Here goes: To write well, one needs to pay close watch on word choice.You can’t just rely on the press of a few keys that can bring… Read More ›

  • The Greeter

    A few years ago, I wrote an article about our school greeter. He would stay in front of my kids’ school every morning, and…well…greet everyone. It was a wonderful way to start the day. They smiled and he shook their… Read More ›