A Tribute to an Amazing Woman-Bessie Coleman

Based on recent events in my life and in our society, I want to bring back a post I wrote in 2015. This post was part of a series that highlighted accomplished women. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat, but today I feel a renewed sense of energy. Women like Kamala Harris and Stacy Abrams…

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Poem of the Day: “Choices”

My oldest son and I have been talking a lot lately about choices and consequences and responsibility. He is angry with me about the divorce. It’s a mix really. He tells me he lost respect for me and his father because of the divorce. This came up because he lost his phone because of his…

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Question of the Day: “What are we going to do with all of this dirt?”

During the fall months, my friend’s husband helped us establish our front flower beds. Very kindly he offered his services and also use of the gardening center for dirt and mulch. He was helping us because it was a brand new house and he wanted to assist us in making it a wonderful landscape. Fast…

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Question of the Day: “Am I in Control?”

As a parent and a teacher of teenagers, I often wonder about control. I don’t think I have a very controlling personality, but let’s be honest. Can I even begin to discern that measure of myself? I know I have been seeing issues of control popping up in many of my interactions or even in…

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Parenting #101: The Conflict for Control

My teenage son and I have battled for control over his life since he was an infant. One Christmas when he was about four years old, I got the brilliant idea for us to make our Christmas cards. I carefully picked out various crafting materials and imagined the hours we would spend creating the perfect…

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Question of the Day: “To walk or not to walk? That is the question…”

It is beautiful out. After a few rainy days and a lot of wind and cold, the sun has finally appeared. Should I go for a walk during my second period prep OR should I stay and do much needed work? Years ago, it would not have even been a question. I would have stayed…

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Self Help #101: “It Didn’t Start with You”

I have started a new book. It is called It Didn’t Start with You. At first I found the title intriguing because it reminded me of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” song, which was really popular growing up. I feel there is a part in all of us that wants to see where…

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Parenting #101: Teenage boys and their emotions

My son texted me from school yesterday. He was having a problem, and he was in the counseling office. Immediately, I panicked. “What’s wrong?” I texted back. He answered that his ex-girlfriend had finally moved on and had started a relationship with someone else, and he just felt really sad. He told me he went…

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The Whole 30: My latest experience with this diet reset

The Whole 30 is advertised as a total diet reset. It’s restrictive in that you are not able to eat dairy, legumes, processed foods, and sugar. Meat is okay. Fruit is okay. Vegetables are okay. No alcohol. My friend spoke about it on our trip to Nashville. It was a trip that left me feeling…

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Question of the Day: “What can I do when I just feel old?”

There has always been a higher expectation on women than men to try and hold onto their youth for as long as possible. There has always been some part of me that dreaded when the time came for me. In my twenties, I saw older women at bars and I felt sad for them. They…

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Teaching #101: Please be aware that our kids/students are struggling.

I have seen a lot recently about teachers not being okay. This is absolutely true, but I think it is overshadowing the struggles of our students, our children, during this time. I am a teacher in a public school in a very wealthy district. The vast majority of my students are motivated, well-behaved, and “capable”…

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