A Must-Read for Educators, Parents & Pretty Much Everybody Else, Too

When everything is urgent, nothing is urgent, right?  Like, urgent becomes the new normal – like the past few months, for example – and it takes something truly electrifying to shock the system. On Saturday, July 25, 2020, exactly that sort of shock was zapped into the system by Brigid Nease, Superintendent of the Harwood …

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Care Package for Saturday, June 13, 2020

For Jenn Poetry: A House Called Tomorrow by Alberto RíosYou are not fifteen, or twelve, or seventeen –You are a hundred wild centuriesAnd fifteen, bringing with youIn every breath and in every stepRead more Song In My Head: Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ7AzBIJoI Art: Harrison Fisher’s Graduation Day Photo credit: pinterest.com …

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An Unsolicited Commencement Address To the Graduating Class of 2020

To the Graduating Class of 2020,I’m not here to waste your time, so let’s not beat around the bush.  This sucks. You’re not graduating from high school in the way you’ve spent the last dozen or so years anticipating. You’re not seated in an auditorium, gym, or park, your family, friends, and community crowded around …

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Thank You: An Open Letter To Educators Retiring During the Global Pandemic

Dear Retiring Educators,This is difficult to write because, well, a lot of things are difficult right now. We’re all confronting situations we never imagined would happen in our lifetimes, and every day brings a new challenge. Milestones and plans fall to the wayside like hay chaff blown by a gust of hot, summertime wind. And …

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She left for work a little before 9 this morning. Working at the local supermarket. Running the cash register, answering customer questions, stocking shelves. Wholly unremarkable.  Or it used to be, anyway. In the swift current of global change, clocking in at the grocery store isn’t what it used to be. But I’m getting ahead …

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