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we’re living history, but will we learn from it?

as a world history teacher, i have often wondered what it’s like to live through major historical events. i like to look at historical pictures, videos, or even paintings and try to put myself in their shoes. but it’s difficult because i don’t have those big experiences to draw from. the only thing i can… Continue reading we’re living history, but will we learn from it?

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those winter blues…

every december, i have a rough time.  it usually lasts about 4-7 days.  i don’t know i’m in it until i’m in the middle, when it builds crashes into me.  but once i actually realize it, i can pull myself out. two years ago, it happened during and right after Christmas. last year, it hit… Continue reading those winter blues…

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we live in uncomfortable times. 

“they” say never to discuss politics or religion in mixed company. …but those are my favorite subjects! so needless to say, the past month has been weird. the best word to describe it is uncomfortable. i’ve had conversations with friends and family that left me feeling icky or squirmy.  i’ve had to tell myself to… Continue reading we live in uncomfortable times. 

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1•27 | high five for friday!

…one…   i’m having a nephew!  (is that how you say it??  do i say i’m expecting a nephew?  this is weird.)  anyway…my sister is having a little boy!  my very first nephew.  so exciting!  wait…what do i do with a little boy?  i had sisters.  i have no idea what i’m doing.  this is… Continue reading 1•27 | high five for friday!

'merica · on my soapbox

my favorite images from the national women’s march

i think there was a lot of confusion about the women’s march. it wasn’t about trump. it was about society at large. it was about saying: don’t tell me to be quiet, listen to me, and i’m not going away. i’m paying close attention. we’ve come a long way, and we’re not going backwards. 

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1•20 | high five for friday!

…one…   it’s easy to just post something on MLK day and move on, but if you really listen to his words, they’re so applicable to today even forty years later.   ….two…   i saw “hidden figures” on MLK day.  it seemed fitting.  and what a great movie!!  i loved it!  it was so… Continue reading 1•20 | high five for friday!

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1•13 | high five for friday!

…one…   yes, you’re in the right place…  my blog got a facelift!  each year in january, i redesign it.  this is my favorite one yet! ….two…   president obama said his goodbyes this week.  and i was crying.  then he gave vice prez joe the presidential metal of freedom.  and when joe cries, everyone… Continue reading 1•13 | high five for friday!

on my soapbox · personal life

goodbye, 2016. hello, 2017. (thank God!)

have you ever been in a situation when you feel inadequate? that you’ve disappointed people that care about you the most? of course, everyone has. and that’s how this holiday was for me. there have been really good christmases and this really wasn’t at the top of the list.  first, i had another migraine AND THEN… Continue reading goodbye, 2016. hello, 2017. (thank God!)

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i’m trying to be positive here…

EDIT: click HERE for a more eloquent and expressive version of how i really feel. it’s a great post from another blog.  i’m so glad the election is over. it’s hard to be democrat-leaning gal in a predominantly republican area of texas. it requires a lot of self control with conversations, biting of my tongue,… Continue reading i’m trying to be positive here…

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teaching tip 66. avoid the drama (as much as you can)

schools work with people.  therefore, they are full of drama, especially when times are tough.  i know it’s hard to avoid it.  i love hearing the gossip. it’s in my nature. i’m nosy. i’m that person who was that kid who tried to listen in on adult conversations all the time to feel important. i’m… Continue reading teaching tip 66. avoid the drama (as much as you can)

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it’s not as bad as we think…

i found this slate article this summer and instantly thought: future student project.  i am planning to use it for my end of semester project in december.   then, i had a conversation with my grandparents about it when i went to stay with them in new mexico.  we were discussing the national conventions and… Continue reading it’s not as bad as we think…

on my soapbox · personal life

15 years later.

september 11, 2001 will always be imprinted on my brain. i was sitting in pre-cal class during my senior year of high school.  a boy i knew, jay, came in frantically toward the end of class yelling about a plane hitting a building in new york city.  but then the bell rang, and we all… Continue reading 15 years later.

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right on, girl.

yesterday, jennifer aniston wrote an honest and open article for huffington post.  i read it twice through, and it was refreshing and comforting like a fresh cup of coffee in the morning.  and then the world debated what she said.  hotly debated her opinions on motherhood and relationships. honestly, i don’t get why there’s a… Continue reading right on, girl.

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no words. 

i feel like i should have some profound words to express how i feel about the events of the past week, but i don’t. i have no words. i’m exhausted. i’m saddened. i’m disappointed. and i’m confused. historians would say that we are living in the most peaceful time in history. but i keep thinking… Continue reading no words.