Friday, August 18, 2017


Aside from parents, few people spend as much time and have as much influence on children as teachers. Teachers are the most seen and heard authority figures during the most important years of a child’s development, and aside from...
Every woman I know who has married in the past few years has this in common with the others: once they walked down the aisle and said “I do,” they ditched their maiden names and adopted their husband’s surnames. We’re...
To Stephen McNeil: I’m pretty fed up, so let’s just get right to it. We all get that your script says for you to repeat the phrase “we continue to invest in classrooms.” We get it. Every single question someone asks...
When I was in university, I walked into my apartment one night after work and my oldest son, just a baby at the time, was asleep for the night. I was going to school full time and working six...
I don’t have any distinct style, never have. I wear what’s on sale, and it’s usually black. One thing I am known for, though, is my shoes. I don’t like to wear socks, so I’m the person who will still...
I have this document on my laptop that I use to compile useless trivia. I’ve had one for years, and since it’s come in handy so many times, I’ll probably always have one. Its word count is in the...
We all know “that person” – the one with no filter, who jumps at the chance to share their opinions in mixed company, regardless of how unpopular those opinions might be. Everyone knows someone like that. He’s the guy at...
There was another mass shooting. Actually, if we’re nitpicking, there have been a total of 16 mass shootings in the United States in the less-than-three short weeks of 2017. Sixteen. Think about that. The one I’m referring to is the...
If you, like me, have been reading about this era of high tech surveillance (and how can you not, considering the news these days), you can’t help but get a little paranoid about what might be spying on us. I...
What people wear and why it matters are not topics in my wheelhouse, but I’m going to talk about them anyway to point out how fads are malleable and, like politics, depend on who’s in power. In other words, a...
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