30 Years Ago Today

February 14, 1989 A Valentine’s dinner date He arrived in his 1987 silver Grand Am carrying a box of 3 large chocolates,  I ♥ U a bottle of Liz Claiborne perfume (the red triangle), a porcelain Precious Moments figurine, and a dozen long stemmed red roses. My student budget could only afford a teddy bear…

NEDA Week 2018: My Thoughts and a Poem

Each year, as NEDA (National Eating Disorders Awareness) week rolls around, memories resurface. Memories I've put to rest. Memories I've brought closure to. And each year, I am confronted with a decision to be made. Do I let the week go by unacknowledged or do I address it? In spite of the trepidation I feel, I…

‘Twas a Run Before Christmas

‘Twas a Run Before Christmas In the style of Clement Clarke Moore   ‘Twas a run before Christmas, and all over town, Not a sidewalk was shoveled, I feared falling down; The roads were all covered with salt laden slush, Navigation would be slow, I knew I couldn't rush.   Darkness was looming, ‘though it…

A Poem, A Class and A Connection

This summer I am taking part in the Fox Valley Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute. It's a great opportunity for me, and I am super excited to be a part of it. Last Saturday, during the orientation, one of the instructors shared the book The Best Part of Me, which is a wonderful book about body image,…

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and a Poem (But not a poem about Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.)

Last week was Badger testing at my school...the Badger test is Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessment. Despite what the name implies, it's not a test about Badgers. (Although the 6th grade team I work with, did think it would be entertaining to create a test about badgers. We're kinda funny that way. You know...with questions like "How many eyes…