Posted in October 2015

creating trauma sensitive schools 

creating trauma sensitive schools 

{image is a drawing of a child with a raised hand. Text reads, “Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.” } Editor’s note: The other day, I wrote a post called the The School to Prison Express. In that post I talked about some of the stories that we’ve seen on the news recently in which children are being … Continue reading

the school to prison express, continued

Note: I don’t typically post trigger warnings here, but yeah. Big time.  {Image is a photo of a very young child in handcuffs. Read the story it came from here.} Yesterday, I typed the following, intending to post it on Facebook: Dear American School Children, Simply do whatever the hell we tell you to do in … Continue reading

inclusion – it’s not just for school

inclusion – it’s not just for school

{image is a cartoon depicting a speaker at a lectern in front of a crowd. When he asks, “Who wants change?” all the hands are raised. When he asks, “Who wants to change?” not a single hand is up.} – Inclusion is about a sense of belonging, about feeling respected, valued for who you are. … Continue reading

what’s your hurry?

image is a model sailboat When I was 25 years old, I met a man who would become a dear friend. Ten years my elder, he was already wildly successful in an industry that I was just beginning to crack. He was almost frighteningly smart, had a wicked sense of humor, and could pretty much … Continue reading

miss manners

miss manners

{image is the cover of Little Miss Manners, by Roger Hargreaves} The other night, I shared a snippet of conversation from our dinner table on Facebook. It went like this … Katie: May I be excused please? I’m just going to get a little more rice. Brooke, humming softly into her plate and appearing, as … Continue reading

#DrivingYardSale

“So, um, I have something really embarrassing to tell you.” — me to my dad yesterday morning. When Noelle passed away. my dad was left with an extra car. More hassle than it could be worth to him, he decided to unload it. It’s in perfect shape, as meticulously cared for as everything else he … Continue reading

of green hair and love 

of green hair and love 

As many of you know, we recently allowed Katie to dye the bottom of her hair royal blue and electric green. In fact, I did it for her. To be honest, while I think it looks pretty cool, it’ s really not my thing. But it’s her thing. So we made a rule that she to has … Continue reading

they ain’t heavy

they ain’t heavy

{Image is a photo that I posted here just a few days ago of Katie giving Brooke a piggy back ride on the grass in front of Grandma Noe’s tree. It’s just too perfect for this post.}  My dad’s voice cracked on the phone. “Do you see how far she’s come, Jessie?” he asked. I … Continue reading