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…

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,…

Numero Dose

“You’re a part of history,” they say. I certainly don’t feel like it. And it makes me wonder if people who are part of history know it at the time. “Oh, this is so exciting,” they say. I certainly don’t feel excited. Every ache and discomfort makes me wonder if this is the upside of…

Start Seeing

Fifteen years ago on this day, I start seeing things differently. Long after midnight on this day, I start seeing my dad for the last time. I start seeing his life in his music, his love in our laughter. I start seeing the light of day as they wake me to say good-bye, and by…

And in Every Moment

The other day, a forever friend wrote a post prompted by this question: “What could you talk about for 15 minutes, with zero preparation?” She was quick to respond; her talk would be titled: “HOW TO LIVE SPONTANEOUSLY IN EVERY MOMENT.“ I, on the other hand, have thought about this now for two days and…

21 in 21

Inspired by Tina Boogren’s Self-Care for Educators’ challenge, here is my 21 in 21. Not a list of resolutions, but of things that give me something to look forward to and help me to realize #10 before the ball even drops: 04 two toilets under one roof 05 refi at a 1.99% for 15 years…

It’s What We Do

“I think you should sleep on it,” my husband told me last Friday. I was holding my phone up so he could read the draft of a post that went something like this: I wasn’t sure how I felt about having these ideas. On a Friday. In April. With two months to go. It had…

Talking Heads

We are all getting (or going to get) used to seeing ourselves on camera or finding ways to avoid seeing ourselves on camera. We record our lessons and read alouds, log in to Meet or Zoom for virtual meetings, and even video chat with people we would normally share space with. All the while, we…

Skills: Interactive (Now Virtual) Writing

It was the day for my “I do” lesson in kindergarten as part of my commitment to get to know our EL Education Skills curriculum better. It was also the last day of school for who knew (who knows) how long. We had gotten the call the night before that today would be our last…