Blood and Harmonicas

Today has had its ups and downs. It ranged from children nearly passing out at the sight of tremendous amounts of blood to nasally performed harmonica playing. Unrelated? Yes. But all in a day’s work. Admittedly I’m writing this blog post to take a break from the insane amounts of research I’ve been conducting on … More Blood and Harmonicas

Year’s End

My first year of teaching is coming to a close. I am 98% relieved by this, 1% shocked, and 1% baffled. Out of the sixteen students I’ve taught this year, I can’t say that any will be forgettable. With each child I’ve had moments and stories that I will be sharing intermittently for the rest … More Year’s End

Castles and Nomads

I had an unexpected conversation the other night that has stayed with me all day. I was talking to my older brother about life; how we’ve changed since we were kids, and what we thought we’d be doing and what we thought we’d be like. My brother and I don’t often have what you’d call … More Castles and Nomads


I read something just recently which gave me pause. They were the words of Oscar Wilde.

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions. Their lives a mimicry. Their passions a quotation.”

I have liked the word mimicry since I was a small child. There’s just something about the way it looks and the way it sounds. But these words stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking. … More Mimicry

Little Baby Liam

A long time ago I wrote about my sister’s pregnancy. Now that she’s probably less than a month from welcoming her first child into our lives, I feel it bears new mention. My sister got married nine months ago, when she was 21 and her guy was 22. Babies? They are babies. I’m just shy of … More Little Baby Liam