La Familia (Slice of Life: Day 29)

I grew up in a family with two older brothers, my mom, and my dad. My parents are still married and I am close with my brothers. For much of my childhood, my family structure was the only kind I knew. As a young girl, I didn't realize the lessons on families that I wasn't... Continue Reading →

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Teaching (Slice of Life: Day 22)

Teaching is a job where expectations are higher than mountains We play with marionettes dancing them to the beat of the song. We must differentiate, entertain, teach social skills without a time frame Planning becomes a competition of Pinterest visuals where salaries don't reflect quality To test or not to test? We teach parents how... Continue Reading →

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I Kept Walking (Slice of Life: Day 19)

The day of our summit to the glacier began at 3:00 a.m. I woke up physically exhausted and yet awake from the bitter cold in our tent. My thermos was already filled with coffee my tent-mate had prepared the night before. I sipped it slowly as I checked in with my body. I didn't notice... Continue Reading →

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Home is a feeling

¨Home is a feeling, not a place¨ I learned a new Spanish word last week. My portero (doorman, who I'm quickly learning is a go-to person for just about anything we need) stopped us on our way out and asked, ¨¿Te has amañado en la casa?¨. I didn't understand at first, and asked him to... Continue Reading →

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Chubby Girl (Slice of Life: Day 15)

Here's to the pants that fit too tight, to the shirts that won't hide my rolls. Here's to having that second piece of cake, or third. Here's to the numbers on the scale that are always too high. Here's to looking in the mirror at five years old, hating my dress over my belly and... Continue Reading →

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The Big One

I couldn't take it anymore. My back refused to cooperate after restarting a workout routine. I went for a massage. Not the nice kind when you relax and drift off to sleep, but rather, the sports kind that hurts in a good way. He touched my back and felt what I felt. A knot, tucked... Continue Reading →

First Day

I met them today. Not all of them, of course Mostly their parents, as they stood back shyly Talked more with their siblings, young and chatty I met them. My students arrived. I will guide them in learning, help them find answers to their questions, and be one of the most important adults in their... Continue Reading →

Before Our Trek

Before the sweet victory of coffee Before the first boat left San Pedro Before Venus sat over the lake Before the rain and beers went down hard Before the creek filled shoes with cool water, or ran by tempting the dry boots on rocks Before we looked back and saw how far we came Before... Continue Reading →

In Nature’s Arms

A marathon over mountains eight meals shared seven creeks crossed strangers turned friends The sharp edge of nature rubbed my ends raw drained my last ounce my strength come and gone A glimpse of the divine in her moss in her sunbeams in her starlight An overwhelming quiet washing over bringing rest step after step... Continue Reading →

Pieces of Home

I. The orange sun descending, nestling its sleepy head into the curves of the earth. The plains dusted with pink haze. The sky kisses one corner then stretches to meet the sun just before it departs. The day ends as our time here arrives. II. The same dust collects on the shampoo bottle left in... Continue Reading →

29 to 30

29 This year: The best is in the past. The highs and lows are the excitement. What is to come? The unknown. I have no fear of what's behind me, of what's comfortable. Letting go? I am too young and scared. I can't be Ready to turn another year. 30 Ready to turn another year!... Continue Reading →

Goodbye 20’s!

Dear 20's, Goodbye! Wow you were a lot of fun. What a roller coaster! I remember being in college, living life young and silly. Lots of drinking, making mistakes, making and losing friends and love interests, and also working hard. Those first couple years were WILD. Things did not settle down on cruise ships. I... Continue Reading →

Graduation Day

Pricks from staples pulled from bulletin boards Pencil shavings in piles on the floor Books piled on shelves in disarray A closet still to be cleaned Sticky fingers from tape Notebooks left behind Our big map torn Empty desks My class One long line Dresses and ties Smile for the photos Hesitant hugs from all... Continue Reading →

What Can I Control?

I began sweating early this morning. Presentations were today and my reaction made me wonder if this is how parents feel when their children perform, compete, or showcase their work. I wanted visitors to be impressed. I wanted them to see the excitement in my students' eyes as they discussed their topic. Would they see what... Continue Reading →

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