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That Night I Caught a Bird Inside my House

During our daily pandemic pandemonium,  it is clear that not every week of homeschooling and teaching from home is good.  Actually, most of them are not, but this week was extra not good.  Now that the weekend is here, I can finish cleaning up the bird poop and feathers all over the walls of our… Continue reading That Night I Caught a Bird Inside my House

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Spring Days Thinking of Daffodils and Danny Bourassa…

When we read our friend Danny Bourassa’s obituary today to our children, our 10 year son asked with full sincerity, “Does this mean we should keep feeding Danny’s chipmunks?”  We laughed and said no; Danny’s chipmunks were fully independent feeders now.  But a few weeks into our “Stay at Home” orders, I discovered, while raking,… Continue reading Spring Days Thinking of Daffodils and Danny Bourassa…

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For the Class of 2020, Those Who Love Them, Teach Them, and Learn From Them…

  Maybe you are a senior perched on the edge of everything.  Maybe you have a senior at home just trying to make the best of a crappy situation to finish this last year of high school from their bedroom or your kitchen table thanks to COVID-19, social distancing, and remote learning.  Maybe your work… Continue reading For the Class of 2020, Those Who Love Them, Teach Them, and Learn From Them…

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog, March 13, 2020: “When We Least Expect It”

Recently, I took our daughter to see Annie with a group of local female mentors and the young women they mentor. This Annie was amazing, and the production at Plymouth State University included 125 actors and actresses ranging in age from 8-80 and included very professional as well as community theater participants. This version included Franklin Delano Roosevelt from… Continue reading Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog, March 13, 2020: “When We Least Expect It”

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Letter from Just One Teacher in Just One Place

Hello World, I’m a teacher without a classroom, which made me cry packing up yesterday.   It’s not the first time I’ve cried this week, and likely won’t be the last, now a homeschooling mom of a third and fourth grader trying to teach high school English remotely.  Earlier in the week, a male friend, not… Continue reading Letter from Just One Teacher in Just One Place

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When You Have the Oldest Parents in the Third Grade…

When you are 8 and supposedly have the “oldest parents in the third grade,”  you argue that at 16 you won’t have to share a car with your sibling like your parents did with their siblings because, well, your parents are old enough that they will be in a nursing home by the time you… Continue reading When You Have the Oldest Parents in the Third Grade…

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: “Thanksgiving, Kindness, Second Helpings, and Helpers,” November 26, 2019

When we reflect on our blessings this year, at a time when people and places around us are suffering unparalleled grief, loss and tragedy, it’s important to think about the connections that remain in humanity. The other day while walking the dog, I found myself getting irrationally angry about people littering in front of the… Continue reading Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: “Thanksgiving, Kindness, Second Helpings, and Helpers,” November 26, 2019