“Gray day. Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.” Dr. Seuss Since I first decided to be a teacher, my life has been one in which I continually asked myself what I was “supposed to” be doing. I always felt I should be helping others in some way. I wanted to be a … Continue reading Who Am I? What Am I Supposed to Do?
COVID-19 brought everything I was doing, everything I had planned, to a halt. In March, I believed life would restart again in August. Apparently, I was wrong. In 2014, I retired from teaching and began planning a new life. My motto was built around a sign and miscellaneous items I found in the dollar bins … Continue reading My New Reality – Again
I have this beautiful leather book, soft and flexible. The cover is decorated with orange leaves in various shades. An orange leather strap wraps around the book and holds everything important in it, not letting the indexed words escape. Washi tape in various shades marks the edge of many of the pages. There are no … Continue reading My Bullet Journal – My Life
School will be starting soon, in some form. I am glad that I do not need to face the decisions that are currently being made by parents, students, and educators. As a retired educator, however, I find myself reading and listening to many sources about just what a teacher or parent can do to make … Continue reading School and COVID-19
Have you ever been with a group of people that you thought might have many of the same feelings as you, only to find the conversation drift off in a different direction than you had anticipated? Maybe it didn’t event drift. Maybe it sprinted down a dangerous, negative slope and left you shaking your head … Continue reading The Power of Story
Just imagine that you are standing at a clearance rack at Macy’s (prepandemic). A woman near you picks up the twin of the jacket you are holding and the two of you begin talking. By the time you both reach the cashier you have learned details about her life. Over an impromptu lunch you learn … Continue reading The Peacemaker???
For a long time, I have realized that I don’t see most things as black or white. Either everything in life is gray or I am a wishy-washy person. That’s me. If someone presents a good argument on why the sky is green, I will nod my head and think yeh, that makes sense. To … Continue reading The Enneagram and Me
What am I? And, maybe more importantly. where am I headed? I frequently ask myself these questions. It’s been almost a year since my book was published, so I guess that mean’s I’m an author. When I meet someone who asks me about myself, I still don’t find it easy to say, “I’m an author.” … Continue reading Author, Writer, or Listener?
Video conferencing is not like meeting in person, is it? Since March, I use conferencing apps for four regularly scheduled appointments. Early on during the pandemic, I did family meetings, played chess with my son, and engaged in a few other virtual social events. Now, it’s pretty much just four. My WW (formerly Weight Watchers) … Continue reading Seating Charts for Video Conferences Please
Photos by Amy at Piece of Our Heart Project What if you are a very special teenager with autism who organizes a yearly drive to give back to the developmental center that diagnosed you? What if you look forward to this drive every April for Autism Awareness month and along comes a pandemic that puts … Continue reading Even During a Pandemic, Autism Does Not Go Away.