you also have lots to tell me

One of the bazillion excuses that I came up with for not blogging is that I got switched grade level a quarter into the school year. I went from teaching middle school to high school, 11th-grade English to be more specific. Teaching a new grade level, especially one that I hadn’t taught before, was likeContinue reading “you also have lots to tell me”

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that

I finally opened Ocean Vuong’s new book On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. It’d been waiting on the bookshelf to be read. The first lines did not disappoint. Vuong writes, Dear Ma, I am writing to reach you–even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are. What do those wordsContinue reading “If we were having coffee, I would tell you that”

On Surrendering

I forgot how time-consuming job applications can be. (If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting, that’s what I’ve been doing in my free time.) My dream is to “start my life” out of state, as if I wasn’t already living my life here. I know I want to take root somewhere, and it’s notContinue reading “On Surrendering”

Tired of Being Tired

An Exhausted Teacher’s Journaling Session Lately, I’ve been really tired to the point of exhaustion which might be from burn out from teaching. This tiredness is trying to tell me something about the way that I’m living my life, so I decided to journal about it. Sentences that started with “I’m tired of” this andContinue reading “Tired of Being Tired”

What I’ve Been Up To

Thursday, August 30, 2018 University On Wednesday I attended class at university after a long day at work. I questioned my decision to take the two courses I signed up for because I was already tired by the time the class started. Today, I read a few pages of an assigned chapter, and I don’tContinue reading “What I’ve Been Up To”