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I woke up this morning in Ireland.

Before I climb into bed at night, I always make sure my blinds are open, because when I wake up in the morning, I want to know immediately what kind of day it is.  And that always makes me happy. … Continue reading

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How umbrellas make me crazy.

Sorry.  I just couldn’t help myself.  In case you haven’t read my last post, I mentioned in passing that umbrellas make me crazy and that I could probably write a whole post about nothing but how umbrellas make me crazy. … Continue reading

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When does this place become home?

I dedicate this, my longest post, to my dear friend, Caleb, whose excellent stories are always long and sometimes entertaining. This is my second semester here at IUPUI, and it’s never for a moment felt like home.  Ball State was … Continue reading

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Patience and Paper Football: My illusions of classroom management grandeur get sacked.

Why do we always scheme to contain the disruptive kids?  I mean, it’s a noble goal, but maybe we’re going at it from the wrong angle.  I don’t want to “contain” any of my students. I want to make them … Continue reading

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Standing under a clear sky in rain boots.

I’ve been stressing about school again.  And you’re shocked, I know.  But I promise I won’t be as long-winded about it this time as I was a week ago.  I shouldn’t be taking a break from my studying to blog … Continue reading

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Pardon my schizophrenia. Or failure. Or why the Hipsters won’t even take me.

Today I’m drowning my sorrows and fears and stress in milk and chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies.  It started when I woke up at 10 am and realizing I’d slept through my 5:15 am alarm and two classes.  I’d like to … Continue reading

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A snippet of a new story.

Not a very long post today.  I’m working on some other writing.  But I thought I would keep my beloved readers posted on what I’m doing.  Here’s the first paragraph of a short children’s story I’ve just begun.  I intend … Continue reading

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The profundity of peppermint stick ice cream.

Thirty-five years ago, a seventeen-year-old boy from Pittsburgh spent his summer scooping ice cream for tourists at Glacier National Park.  On an ordinary day, an adorable little seven-year-old girl from Memphis came in to the sweet shop with her family.  … Continue reading

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Thanks for teaching me more than my Biology class, Caribou.

“Such is beauty ever– neither here nor there, now nor then, neither in Rome nor in Athens, but wherever there is a soul to admire.  If I seek her elsewhere because I do not find her at home, my search … Continue reading

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A quick thought from the classroom.

On Tuesday a student asked me why I want to be a teacher.  I’d just introduced myself to a class of sixth-graders, and they’d decided to interrogate me.  I knew that the question was a legitimate one because the students … Continue reading

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