My students and I have been engaging in conversations about civil rights this summer. It’s no coincidence that right now, during a wave of civil rights movements and a stronger push for equality, that all my students are African kids. We’ve been reading a lot of books inspired by civil rights activists and leaders to … Continue reading A kids book and a man I didn’t know to say thank you to.
The church is meeting again, but the sanctuary feels more empty now. Our chairs are carefully measured 6 feet away from the next family’s, and we’re told to leave the room quickly after service ends so the room can be properly sanitized before the next service. It’s different from the church I’m used to – … Continue reading Only Jesus can uplift us from across a room, encouraging and teaching us without a word.
We are told to be alone right now, and I keep thinking about heaven. We are hunkered down at home. Some of us have finally gotten around to, and even finished, those projects we never thought we’d start. Others of us have given an embarrassing amount of time to Words With Friends; I somehow land … Continue reading Hang On, Heaven is Coming
An Ode to the Wins and Setbacks of 2019 If you know me, you know I love tradition and can tie sentiment to anything. But this winter, we gave up some things – traditions, expectations, rituals, shopping adventures. This season, working to get out of student loan debt has made a tremendous impact on our … Continue reading That’s a Wrap
“We will feast in the house of Zion we will sing with our hearts restored ‘He has done great things’ we will say together we will feast, and weep no more.” Sandra McCracken, “We Will Feast in the House of Zion” I’m wrapping up the second week of writing down all the things to be … Continue reading Two Weeks of Gratefulness [A Series]
As I shared in last week’s story, I am participating in NaNoWriMo. I also shared that I am keeping track of little moments I’m grateful for in a small composition book I’m carrying with me this month. Both have been surprisingly challenging. More on that to come. Before I get back to writing the manuscript … Continue reading One Week of Gratefulness [A Series]
“‘That’s right,’ said Gandalf. ‘Let’s have no more argument. I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him than you may guess, and a … Continue reading November: Writing Thanks and a Novel
What I Would Have Told Myself Yesterday Sometimes your 1st graders will ask you to hang out, so you’ll say where and they’ll say CiCi’s Pizza, and you’ll say when, and they’ll say Saturday morning. You’ll think it’s crazy, but you’ll commit to it. So when you show up on Saturday morning – promptly at … Continue reading The Enemy Didn’t Win This Round
Nearly all my houseplants are a blend of vibrant green, and a pathetic shade of darkened brown. Lack of sunlight, or too much water aren’t the issues. Actually, it’s that the cats love to gnaw on them. I’ve tried a few different tricks in the book. I’ve placed double-sided sticky tape around the plant to … Continue reading The Cats Eat the Houseplants
I stopped by the busy apartment complex where most of my students live. Kids chased each other through the grass, and mommas donning brightly colored patterns walked with babies on their hips. Whether or not I knew them, I waved at them as I slowly bumped over the humps and pot holes of the parking … Continue reading Writing Poetry