Come on Baby, Light My Fire

The task I assign a basic exercise in my art class at the beginning of the semester, where I have the students make a list of 20 things they love. It's personal and useful. This assignment was initially created to resolve the frequent phrase I hear whenever I assign a new art project: "I don't... Continue Reading →

Learning Between the Lines

There is so much learning in class ---curricular and non-curricular. Both categories are equally important. I often like to know where my teaching lands in my students' learning. As part of their final evaluation in the English class, I asked them to tell me what they learned related to English lessons. Happily, they learned a... Continue Reading →

Yes And… The Improv Game of Life

My life is the "Yes and..." improv game, just on a really life size scale. Here's how you play Yes and... An improv player makes eye contact with another team member and makes a statement such as: I found a box on the road. Player two says Yes and...we should open it. The conversation goes... Continue Reading →

Get Busy Livin’

I'd rather fill a few short years with as many beautiful moments as I can, than live forever empty.William C Hannan When my friend Ashlee sent me a meme of the above quote and my reaction was one of super-duper excitement! Like air punching in celebration for no real reason---except that I totally agreed with... Continue Reading →

Know Your Why

Two important questions to ask yourself:What do you do?Why do you do it?Micheal Jr.'s video Know Your Why is worth a watch. It came across my Facebook feed and I've looked at it several times. It was like a sermon of sorts to me and it's taken me a while to truly understand the totality... Continue Reading →

Shepherd and Wolfe and Student A

A student I taught was stabbed at a shopping centre a few years ago. He ran to tackle an individual who was attacking others in what was likely a gang initiation. In the process this young man was hurt. Fortunately his injuries were not fatal. He took some time off, healed up and came back... Continue Reading →

Lessons in Writing

Dave and I meet every morning at 7:30. Our meetings last anywhere from five minutes to 30 minutes. Sometimes we build our story. Sometimes we talk business. Sometimes we simply check in. "You there? Yep. Meeting? Nope. Catch you tomorrow? Bye!" This is a different schedule than we've ever had. And, although I am not... Continue Reading →

Conversations on Memory

Sometimes dialogues hit just right. They teach. They compliment the moment and open doors that were shut. They can be something more than the basic how are you's and I'm fine's. Recently I had a dialogue with a friend that left me with a wistfulness I hadn't felt in a while. Maybe it was the... Continue Reading →

Reflections, 2021

*A little past the midpoint of January. So, before it's too late, if it's ever too late, here's a little reflection on the last 365 days. 2020. I don't even know. I don't even know. A shit show. A roller coaster. A tumultuous relationship where things were on again, off again. Codependent. A 12 step... Continue Reading →

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