Countdown

I’m fairly certain I’ve penned a post with this name before. Also certain: A countdown has never felt so urgent. 8. Weeks (that means Mondays) before summer vacation. 7. Fridays paired with Saturdays spent planning for the week that follows. 6. Asynchronous Fridays before summer vacation. 5. Weeks will follow the newly-reduced state test. 4….

Mind Before Matter

The bird feeder sways back and forth from the branch still spotted with snow. Saturated with spring thaw, the driveway holds footprints from this morning, from this afternoon, from the return home, like they were pressed in fresh concrete. The recliner lays on its side on the porch, having been pushed out of the way…

New Stance Unlocked

Yes, this could be another video game reference, if you were paying attention last night. Or… This could be extension of my “and” series of slices. Because it is true that each year does exactly this: unlocks new stances. Year one (as coach): I am not the expert. Year two (back in the classroom): and…

Brawlhalla

Square: pick up your weapon and strike. Triangle: strike with special split-second power. Ex: jump once, twice,thrice, but any more and you’re out of luck. Circle: not sure yet. It should let you drop your weapon so that you can pick up the bombs that cascade across the screen like snowballs, but nothing consistently does…

Silos in the Stands

Tonight Cam made her high school volleyball debut. Her team of six stepped out on the court and I couldn’t help myself (even though I promised to try). “Let’s go, Rams!” My voice echoed in my head as it bounced off my mask and caught in the back of my throat. This is so weird,…

A Quick Note

“Do you have a preference for when and how I tell people?” I asked. “I can’t think of a way to make this easy.” “Oh, I’m not looking for easy,” I replied. “Nothing about this is going to be easy. I don’t expect it to be.” I made my Thursday-morning lap around the building, stopped…

S’all Good, Man

Black boots. White car. Blue sign. Orange ladder. Don’t think about how badly you have to go. It’s just a few more minutes before practice is over. Green tree. Grey mask. Red hydrant. White window. It helped to do your Spanish lesson. It kept your mind occupied. Don’t think about it. Don’t. Blue button. Clear…

Audio Museum

We are in the midst of recording our audio museum exhibits. Excerpts from writings from the turn of the last century bring tears to my eyes as they are read by students a century and a country divided away. I am helping them get them ready to share, which means workshop. At one point today,…

Yellow Light

I get home from practice pickup and put a few groceries away. My Spanish streak is safe for another day, and so I am left to slice. I climb the stairs and country music greets me from the smart screen left on to keep the pups from peeing on the couch. (Don’t ask me how…