Turning A Kid’s Pet Chicken into KFC

All is quiet. It's 4:30AM.   The boy is asleep.  I write.  I drink coffee.  It's my favorite time of day, the time when silence fills the soul with enough peace to survive the next twenty-four hours. At precisely 6:10AM, the hen begins to crow.  The boy pops out of...

Dangerous Jobs Help Kids Succeed

"Hey Mom," says Declan, "Grab a pair of scissors because we're going for a run!" He takes the scissors, stares at me, and starts to jog.  He's eight. He's good at finding my chain and yanking it.  Repeatedly. I say no. "Why can't I run with scissors?"  I get off the...

“Back to School” Gives Teachers’ Friends Peace

"Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear."  That's what teachers think on the first drive back to school. My friends cheer.  They call the end of summer something else--the close of "Pain in the Ass Season."  They call it that because everyone says I'm a...

“You Didn’t Read My Book!”

"You didn't actually read my book!"   My friend got caught like a kid cheating on summer reading. Jodi, the "Don't Sniff the Glue" supercovermodel, hates to read. But since she's on the cover, and we both have brown hair and clueless looks when we shove Elmer's Glue...

Why I Need to Be in Oprah’s Book Club

My book, Don't Sniff the Glue: A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform is live on Amazon.  I priced the Kindle so even a teacher without classroom supplies could afford to read it for less than a cup of (brand named) coffee.  The paperback's 1.5 coffees.  Still...

How to Screw Up Your Book Release

I pushed the button on the Kindle file.  I was supposed to be waiting until Tuesday.  "Please be aware that it can take up to 12 hours for English and 48 hours for other languages to be available in the Amazon Kindle Store..." the popup said.  That's not quite...

Camp Diabetes Gives Moms Sanity

It's camp time! We have the best day camp known to man. I drop Declan off at 9AM, then enjoy peace until 5PM.  The whole thing costs $80 for the entire summer.   That's free in child care terms.  The staff's amazing.  Everyone smiles--especially me. Last summer,...