Farewell, Students. For the past three years, in my “retirement phase,” I have been teaching Chinese children online. This was never something I had planned to do, as I had reservations (and maybe pre-conceived notions) about teaching children from this Communist country. Even though I had taught hundreds of students from Asia, finding them engaging […]
As i stood on the porch, sweaty and miserable, I let the tears roll down my face as they wished. And something dark and small felt like it was beginning to grow deep inside me.
Sure, kid, just walk across that street. I know. You just had your last “half” day, and it’s summer! For me, it’s a milestone. I survived my first year of not teaching in what we now colorfully call a “bricks and mortar school.” (B & Ms, seriously?) It’s funny, maybe ironic that I survived a […]
I am not retired. I thought I was. I get medicare plans and funeral insurance offers in the mail every day. I can get the “senior perks,” but I usually forget. I do get up at five am, five-thirty if I’m fast. And. And, I’m at work by six am. On. Camera. Yep, Big star. […]
Example of a girl who needs a “mom.” Reina has beautiful dark brown hair. Long and silky. And then, for some reason I never figured out, she stopped washing it. I wanted to ask her if she needed something. Shampoo? Before I got the chance, the school counselor told me there was something going on […]
I have a little book in front of me titled The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing. It’s written by Monica Wood, and and I got it because a fiction professor told me it would help me get in the mind of a fiction writer. I’m supposed to be writing fiction; in fact, by […]