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Two Things That Really Matter in Education

It’s that time of year. School awards. Graduations. Promotions. Recognizing the achievements and intelligence of our nation’s children. Proud parents beam coaxing smiles from their children for pictures and social media posts. I’ve been one of them. My girl’s fourth … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Broken

They’re broken. Fragments of what were once beautiful. The pieces fill my daughter’s bucket, along with sand and seawater. She’s collecting shells. Old enough to discern the difference between shells worth keeping and those needing to be tossed aside, my … Continue reading

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I’m This Mom

There are moments I imagine myself as the momma with everything held together in a neat little bow. You know—the one not falling apart at the seams. The one whose children breathe the word routine. The one who remembers appointments. … Continue reading

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Favorites February…Learning to Dance

In preparation for a writer’s conference at the end of this February, I will be posting some of your favorite blogs and some of mine. Today’s blog, Learning to Dance, is a revised version of A Time to Dance. Please … Continue reading

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Who Will Fight For You?

My son is a fighter. A you-are-wrong-the-sky-is-purple fighter. A red-faced-my-way-or-the-highway fighter. He argues and battles through his days, ready to win. Ready to stand his ground.  I’m a fighter too. As fighters, we often find ourselves in trouble because we … Continue reading

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Beautiful Tapestries

My daughter began to learn a valuable lesson last week. It is a lesson she will process the whole of her life. I know this to be true because I continue to struggle with the same deep message… We arrived … Continue reading

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You Are Worth It

A few years ago, I was embroiled in a battle with the parent of one of my students. I received several nasty emails from the mom, who only heard the one-sided tale of her daughter. With teeth tightly clinched and … Continue reading

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Dreams for My Children

From the moment I understood letters created words, I soaked in the pleasure of reading. If there was a book nearby, I remained immersed in its pages. Though a bit strange, even the aroma of books and libraries instantly soothes … Continue reading

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A Portrait of Peace

As I was grading papers this morning, I came across particularly heartbreaking words of a student. Words that made me realize how blessed I am. Words that made me realize how much my students hurt. Words that made me realize … Continue reading

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The World is Not Enough

College. The word alone elicits a vast array of images for me. Fall Saturdays spent getting ready for football games with my sorority sisters. My own smallness in a big, big world realized. Campus walks witnessing the stain-glassed landscape of … Continue reading

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