Life’s a Game

After taking a twenty-year hiatus from public-school education, I decided to dip my toe back into the water and took a long-term substitute position as a six grade English teacher. Why, you may ask? (Or some of you may cringe.) I’d always wanted to teach middle-schoolers and was inspired by one of those reflective birthday moments where I felt a longing for change.

Healing Through Writing

This past Mother’s Day was my fifteenth without my mom. She passed away after a short battle with metastatic lung cancer in 2007, leaving me not only without a mom but also without my best friend. I was 38 with small children (6, 4, and 2) and in a marriage that was beginning to unravel. At the time, I was convinced I couldn’t survive.