Monthly Archives: May 2014

On Crushes and Classroom Dynamics

I had an interesting experience this year with my 7th graders that I want to share. I had two sections of English and three Social Studies classes.  I tried some different journal exercises this year in ELA, mostly from Christie … Continue reading

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Take a Chance on Me

How I’m feeling right now. *sigh*

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Life Just Isn’t Fair

I’m sitting here crying.  Just crying. A woman I barely knew passed away yesterday.  Vickie Brown was a strong and vocal advocate for animals here in Sonoma County, you have no idea. She also founded the local No Kill group, … Continue reading

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A Strong Woman

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The Thing Is by Ellen Bass

to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its … Continue reading

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50 Years and 185 Days

(Warning. Adult language ahead.) Today I am 50 years and 185 days old. Today I am tired. Today I’m frustrated. Today I am full of fear, gratitude, and nameless longing. I have been here before, doubtless I will be here … Continue reading

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Yet Another Entry on Efren Carrillo

I received the following letter yesterday. Laura, First, I also would like to see Efren resign. But I did not believe that was necessary last summer. And you might like to let me have it, because I placed so much … Continue reading

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