All Posts · Life

The Worst Question I’ve Ever Been Asked


“Do you really think anything you do has any merit?” My hands stilled over my keyboard. On my computer screen, a notification blipped. My Google slide presentation about nouns had automatically been saved into my drive. Merit? Did I really think anything I was doing actually had any merit? The question bounced off the soft,…… Continue reading The Worst Question I’ve Ever Been Asked

All Posts · Life

Forgiving Myself


I am an English teacher who is driven by the need, the passion to do my best to reach every single one of my students.  If one isn’t doing well, I take it personally.  It’s my fault.  I didn’t do my job.  I failed. I should have tried harder. I should have done more. I…… Continue reading Forgiving Myself

All Posts · Life

Lifting the Rosy Colored Blindfold


When I was a girl, I lived on an Army base in Munich, Germany.  I was surrounded by people of color and the diverse spectrum was my norm.  As a teenager, I lived in northern Virginia, attending a high school that had multi-lingual signs over every bathroom. I grew up in the years following the…… Continue reading Lifting the Rosy Colored Blindfold

All Posts · Life

In Spite of the Darkness, Goodness Still Prevails


My father in law gave me a bookmark which I have in my top left desk drawer.  Yes, I know that it should be in a book somewhere, especially because I am still a hundred pages from the end of Cloud Atlas. But I always worried that I would lose this bookmark.  It’s metal with a…… Continue reading In Spite of the Darkness, Goodness Still Prevails