I’m Gonna Write about You

When I started writing, I was told never to befriend a blogger because I wouldn't know when I'd end up in print. Next, that I hadn't made it till I woke up and found myself in someone else's blog. Both are true. The first time I woke up in a blog or had myself...

Even the Devil Gives a Moment of Peace

He puts his little arm around me. I snuggle in. He sighs. He smiles. Then...laughs. A manic laugh that only a little boy dreaming about whatever little boys dream about can laugh. He recites his favorite TV show. He laughs again--staccato. Loud. My heart skips a bit...

Video Games Are Not for Girls My Age. No Exceptions.

I'm the proud owner of a gaming system. It's a hand-me-down gifted by someone who couldn't believe we didn't have a gaming system. It was as if he found out we didn't have food or had only one pair of socks to share between us. He had extras and gave us an X-Box 360....

No Card for You: First Annual Holiday Blog Wrapup

I didn't send you a card. Not because I don't like you. I never finish my cards. Ever. Somewhere in the recesses of a closet lies a box of unsent wedding thank yous from a dozen years ago--I was so appreciative I wrote novels. I paused to include black & whites...

Bad Mom Ruins Elementary Christmas

I'm an urban secondary educator who's moved out to the sticks. Although I grew up in a small town, Christmas changes from location to location. Things definitely aren't the same in the city. I got Christmas all wrong. I knew I must get something for Declan's teacher,...

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chaos

Friday. TGIF. The last day...before Christmas break. The world is rejoicing. We...just...have...to...survive...today. I brought the gifts I made for my advisory students yesterday. Getting a jump on Christmas, like most of America. I forgot two boys' things. A "Worst...

(You Don’t Have to Guess) What You’re Getting for Christmas

I wanted to simplify Christmas. I'm feeling crafty. I stole my friends art ideas, manufactured things using their concepts and mailed the finished stolen-idea products back as gifts. They'll never guess I totally plagiarized the ideas because my art is terrible. They...

A Spring in the Rear and the New Couch is Here

  We bought each other a couch and chair for Christmas. I never bought a big joint gift like that. My colleague says, "We always do Mexico for Christmas in February." Christmas is December. February is Valentine's Day. I like presents below the tree. But getting a...

Storm Alert: The Rhode Island Bread and Milk Report

When a snowflake threatens to dangle in the air, Rhode Islanders go out in full force. Today, was no exception. Every single last Stewie and Vincenzo went out for bread and milk. Because it might never be available again... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6zaVYWLTkU I...

One Inspiration at a Time

Silence is a source of great strength  --Lao Tsu I write at 4AM. The moments before the birds sing bring me the most peace. My mind clears. Silence reveals the thoughts that drown in the clatters, jangles, and noise of the day. The fire glows, coffee sits to my left,...

Where Do You Buy World Peace?

It's Christmas shopping season. We've got boxes, bangles, and bags everywhere, even though I've done my best to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I'm not close to done preparing and baking this year. Christmas is sneaking up on me. Maybe it's the minimal snow and...

Things Jesus Doesn’t Do

I am fixing my computer. I've issued a few "#$%$#%'s," "GDs," "F's" and other words that color the rainbow. When I say "I'm" fixing my computer, I really mean someone I'm chatting with at Apple is so doing, as was the awesome guy with the Australian hat at the Genius...