Gratitude Journal

Trying something different today: Grateful for the students who are most likely lying to me about not plagiarizing. Seriously, thank you, you’re helping me grow as an educator. Because education isn’t always about instruction, and instruction I know I’m good at. But dealing with this shit, which is stupid, and an offensive waste of my...

Gratitude Journal

Three things: Annette. I encountered the most blatant academic dishonesty of my short career last night and having someone with 20 years in education to talk about it, make sure my reaction wasn’t unfair, etc., made such a huge difference. Phil. I’ve known Phil for 20 years. We had lunch yesterday, at an excellent Malaysian...

Gratitude Journal

Three things: Flexibility. I haven’t written one of these in two days because the night before last I was exhausted, and last night I was too busy having the most fun I’ve had since the Before Time. And the more I think about it, the more I think writing these at night is a bad...

Gratitude Journal

Three things: My Inlandia Workshop. Every other week I coordinate a critique group with a group of writers who are truly excellent people. It brings me genuine joy, and tonight was no different. Therapy. I’m 18 years in and I’d be a fucking train wreck without it. The Try Channel on YouTube. They’ve made the...

Weekly Check In – 10/21/2020

Sixty six weeks out from surgery, and here are the numbers I care about: Weight: 233 Blood Sugar: 105 Down a pound. IT’S A ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTION (not really). The post I wrote last week was really helpful. It helped me be aware of the shit that’s going through my head, and knowing where...

Gratitude Journal

Three things: Creativity. My career is in education, but the side gig is writing and the arts, and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. I know the most amazing people, and I get to hang out with them all the time, when there’s not a plague on, and it’s a genuinely...