It’s Been 4 Years

4 years ago this month, I created a blog and published my first post. I'll spare you the post in its entirety, but it ended with this: And so it begins…to honor my passion for writing, a blog is born. This baby gathered 4 views. 4. Surprisingly, I kept at it.   I blogged about health,…

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I Wasn’t the Fun Parent and I’m Not the Fun Teacher

What. A. Week. Friday was a long time coming. There were moments (several of them, actually) when I seriously wondered if I was going to make it to the weekend. The week started out well. My Monday and Tuesday were the kind of days teachers dream about. My 6th graders were creating blogs and begging…

A Whirlwind Trip to the Twin Cities

Last Wednesday was my middle child's 24th birthday, and as luck would have it, he was flying back to the Midwest to help out at his alma mater's indoor conference track meet this past weekend. This provided the perfect opportunity to meet up and celebrate! After two long days of teaching and conferences, I was…

Warning: Sappy Post About Marriage

I have many just a few guilty pleasures. Beanie Weenies. Yeah, it's a thing. Every couple of months or so, this appears on the Hovie dinner menu. Curious? Smart Dogs + Amy's baked beans + chopped onions + ketchup + dijon mustard = Beanie Weenies. Want to know why I believe it's a guilty pleasure? Well,…

Mental Illness is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of

Last June, I published this post about mental illness. It had been a long time coming. The inspiration had come two years prior, during my participation in the Fox Valley Writing Project.  One of my fellow writers had shared a poem she had written about addiction. In the last few lines, she disclosed the poem was…