Disappointment and A Poem, But Not a Poem About Disappointment

Yesterday I missed running the Green Bay Cellcom 1/2 Marathon for the first time in many years. A stubborn knee "issue" forced me to halt my training 7 weeks ago, and I still have not been able to run without pain.  I even made a last ditch effort  to see if somehow, I had experienced a miraculous…

Healthy Kids

  A few weeks ago was Teacher Appreciation week; it was a week filled with a special lunch, a 10 minute chair massage, a student created "flower" bouquet, fresh cut flowers, gift cards, dark chocolate, chia seed bars, coconut water and an antioxidant nut mix...many of my favorite things, and I felt very appreciated! The best gift of the week,…

A Poem of Contemplation

For as long as I can remember, writing has been a passion of mine. In grade school, I remember the excitement I felt when a writing project was assigned. While many of my classmates groaned in disapproval, I started imagining the possibilities. I still have a box in the basement filled with writing from my early…

What I Believe

As trite as it sounds, I believe that everything happens for a reason, and this belief  is what has helped me make sense of the struggles I've experienced in my life. It's easier to get through the tough stuff when you realize time will crystalize the message that was given to you, and make the experience meaningful and…

Finding My Focus

FOCUS! Being a teacher, I'm sure you can  imagine the number of times I authoritatively speak this word throughout the course of my day. You know..."[Insert name of student here], focus!" Seems to be my mantra on occasion. But now, the tables are turned.  And it's not as much fun. I must focus. After years (yes, years) of studying and analyzing…