Still Here

Friends

A week after my miscarriage, my best friend arrived at my door, gift bag in hand. Muffled knocks filtered through layers of blankets – three soft raps, gentle and unpretentious. I wanted to meet them, to open the door and my bleeding heart to the person standing there, but I was pinned to my bed […]

Work Friends

Mountain

I’ve spent a lot of time at school in the past week – last Thursday and Friday I was there until 9:00 PM for superintendent interviews and Tuesday evening’s freshmen orientation didn’t get over until well past 8:00. I did my share of griping about the extra hours in the days preceding, but I have […]

Welcome

Stories

Last week, on the third anniversary of this blog, one of my students caught me after class. Her bloodshot eyes misted as she told me, in hesitant, broken segments, of a course load she could no longer juggle, of a part-time job that was dominating her time and a home life that was heavy and […]

2016

Masterpiece

A new year has arrived, bearing its usual conglomeration of rosy resolutions. My Facebook feed is abuzz with hopeful goals and noble intentions – public promises to act better, do better, be better. Good riddance, 2015, and hello to a fresh start! Excited to forget the past and look forward to the future! This year […]