Category Archives: Things I love

Playing Chess with My Son

My Dad liked to play chess. My son, now almost eight, was always too young to play chess properly with his Opa, but at least the idea was introduced and some of the rules and strategies were discussed between them. … Continue reading

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Eulogy for My Father

I was a little over a year old, and my mother was pregnant with my sister Andrea, when someone asked my Dad “Will you give her back now?” – referring to my adoption. Years later, when Dad told me this … Continue reading

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Living Like Luna Lovegood

I have long loved the Harry Potter series. And thankfully, it’s a love that both of my children have absorbed and made their own. Of course I love Hermione and Ron and Harry for their wonderful personalities and growth and … Continue reading

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Without Tenure — Everything Is Awesome!

To hear people talk about teacher tenure, you’d think that in every third classroom teachers sit around staring down students as the clock struggles to the bell. Or maybe teachers are just eating Pringles and reading the paper while children who … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Fantastical Reading

Anyone who knows my son knows he has been Harry Potter obsessed for the last year. He tore through all seven books and watched (curated) versions of the films. He then quickly moved on to The Spiderwick Chronicles, which took … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Make Music Day

It was a great day of free music that gave musicians a chance to be heard, music lovers a chance to hear tunes they might not usually hear, and towns and cities a chance to promote community. Featured here is … Continue reading

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Maya Would Have Forgiven Me

I didn’t know any better. Before I ever read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I taught a chapter called “Momma, The Dentist, and Me.” I was teaching kids who were about as far from avid readers as is … Continue reading

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Mr. Rogers’ Mother Knitted

I’m not a big fan of designated days. I rarely acknowledge birthdays or anniversaries through social media — and I do my very best to discourage choruses of “Happy {special day}!” on my feeds. It’s partly because I’m an anti-social … Continue reading

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Giving it Away for Free: Books

I don’t remember what my top choices were for this year’s World Book Night. Last year I gave away The Handmaid’s Tale, and the year before that it was The Things They Carried. These were both books I loved and … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Books To Have and Hold

One of my favorite things is happening upon my children reading — or just looking at — books. Just as I was, my children are very lucky in that they are surrounded by books of all types. We have beautiful … Continue reading

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