later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt?   it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere.   ~ Warsan Shire *   *   * I will not speak about the Paris attacks except to say that the shattered pieces of my […]

Love & Lightning


I once read that the average person lives 27,375 days. On this day, he’s late. Out of all 27,375, he’s chosen this one to stay behind and grade papers while I wrangle and pacify our children. I don’t usually mind but today is Friday and no one stays late on Fridays. No one plans lessons […]

How Are You?


“So I decided … to walk around telling people the truth. No mask, no hiding, no pretending. That was going to be my thing. I was going to make people feel better about their insides by showing them mine. I’d found my thing: openness. I decided, based on firsthand experience, that is was more fun […]



I’m all for being nice. I think caring words and thoughtful actions are the bomb, rivaled only by unconditional love – the kind that extends to all people, not just a select few – and I firmly believe that everyone deserves to feel accepted and appreciated by those around them. Good is good, people. Good […]