Beware the Ides of April–Tax Day is Upon Us

Beware the Ides of April–Tax Day is Upon Us

I’m moving The Ides of March to April 15. The Ides of April. Tax Day. Seems like a much better knife in the back holiday than a two-thousand year old day where emperors got stabbed by their best friends. Every March 15th I read Shakespeare to my students....
Getting Angry at God for Easter

Getting Angry at God for Easter

There are moments when a mother looks at her child and thinks, “I messed up here.” The subject of God is one of them. God has always been quite good to me. I grew up in a community where everyone truly lived out the meaning of that word. No person suffered...

Ecocriminal in the Woods

It’s true. I’ve been forgetting my bags lately, going to the store, unplanned, without them. I’m guilty. I must improve. The bathroom tub’s been leaking, too, and something’s been wrong with the shower. The toilet must be flushed to earn...

Anyone Know a Good Ark Builder?

Things I don’t want to hear in the morning, “Don’t go downstairs, it flooded again,” and “Leave a credit card.” I’m a little gun-shy about floods, having suffered the Great Rhode Island Flood of 2010. “Um, Dad says...

How to Defeat Students

It happens. Even to me. Before you know it, it’s too late, the deed is done, the event has passed. Best not to be embarrassed about such things, the way I figure it. Still, most people are. And when it happens, when the dreaded event occurs to you…in that...