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Are You There God? It’s Me, Heather…

When your otherwise coordinated husband falls out of his wheelchair not once but twice in one week, we know the world is extra topsy turvy.  When it’s mid April and snow and freezing rain continue to fall angrily outside, I question Mother Nature’s decision making process.  When bad things continue to happen to good people–… Continue reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Heather…

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The Man, the Myth, the Math Legend: Richard Baker Retires This Spring

I’ve had the distinct honor and pleasure of teaching next door to Mr. Richard Baker, Rick to some, but Mr. Baker to most, for the last 15 years of his 38 years as a math educator here at Lin-Wood Public School.  I’ve heard the clickety clack of his chalk on his chalkboard as he is… Continue reading The Man, the Myth, the Math Legend: Richard Baker Retires This Spring

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Dearest March: Please Send April

This morning, in front of my first period English class, one of my female students innocently asks if I was wearing a new shirt. “Sure am,” and I’m thinking she will tell me she likes it.  And she does tell me, but not immediately. Instead she casually points out, “You still have the M sticker… Continue reading Dearest March: Please Send April

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Why We Walked Out Today…

The snow fell steadily.  Plows made loud noises around us.  Yet, amid the noise, amid the shuffle of life, 70-something middle and high school students standing in a circle held 7 minutes of silence and then shared bios of the people who were lost in Parkland, Florida during a school shooting.  This was a non-sanctioned,… Continue reading Why We Walked Out Today…

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Channeling Mother Teresa for Character and Barbara Washburn for Adventure on This International Women’s Day 2018

Today is International Women’s Day 2018, and I felt compelled to write something.  Anything.  However, nothing inspired me because, since Parkland happened, my brain has been cycling in this school safety- gun violence- rut.  I couldn’t think of a specific person or angle or clever hook that would suck in my audience with a positive… Continue reading Channeling Mother Teresa for Character and Barbara Washburn for Adventure on This International Women’s Day 2018

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President Trump: This is What I Will be Armed With in my Classroom

Dear President Trump, If I wanted to carry a gun, pistol, rifle, firearm of any kind, I would have joined a different profession.  I would have pursued a military career or that of a policeman, security guard, or secret service agent.  I could have been many things, but I chose to be a teacher.  The… Continue reading President Trump: This is What I Will be Armed With in my Classroom

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Puppy Love

Our new puppy, a 14 year old in human years actually, is home for good now that service dog training with Geoff down at NEADS in Princeton, MA is over.  Last weekend was a tease; he came home on a 48 hour furlough and then had to leave again.   But he is here– or wherever… Continue reading Puppy Love