This week I wrote report cards for my fourth grade class. I wandered through the piles of scored papers -- the mounds of mental notes -- and I put a grade on a child's blossoming life. Sigh. It's not easy, grading. It can sometimes feel too clinical, impersonal, even harsh. And then come the comments... Continue Reading →


Instructions Not Included

  I don't know what I expected when you first arrived. A catatonic version of your old self? A distant stranger? Would that sweet twinkle now be missing from your eyes? After one long month of uncertainties, you and Chris were finally coming home. Chris: wearied, burdened, but calmly resolute. You: lost, confused, with the... Continue Reading →

The View from here

It was the beginning of my summer, June 14th, 2011 -- the last day of teaching my 4th grade class, and the first day of the first summer to shed my empty-nested heart and embrace a new season of Life with my husband. I raced home with a school girl anticipation and excitement I hadn't... Continue Reading →

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