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story about the stories.



on this special day

i brought out

an old treasured story 

written by

my former student, nicole

who i taught for grades k-2

(in a school where we were known by our first names)

 a story about me sharing stories

 made me cry happy tears to read

how much she enjoyed the stories

what ginormous heaps of praise

from a fellow roald dahl fan. 

happy roald dahl story day!!

“words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

-albus dumbledore (j.k. rowling, harry potter series)

carry it.


like a turtle with its shell

 carrying it wherever they go

a sure sign

it’s move-in weekend at the uni.


“the sweetest part of leaving home is knowing,

beyond the shadow of a doubt,

that you’ll always carry it with you.”



most unusual day.


today is the first day back at school

i imagine the kinder calmly gliding into nature with me

all possibilities are on the table

 could be more like the picture below

most likely will fall somewhere in between. 

“today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

-william arthur ward


photo credits: vintage pinterest, gamma-keystone london


a special kind.



a little girl

who was once my student

and still a friend of mine

opened up a treasure chest

to show me

one piece of clothing after another

that she created all on her own

after teaching herself to sew

and I couldn’t be more proud.

rain or shine?


cold, morning rain does little but make one anxious to reach their destination, even if that is work or school. this innovative student solved the problem of hands free walking on one such campus morning in 1969. “U-M engineering student gary keck of detroit is too unconventional to raise an umbrella. he wards off the morning rain with a stylish sombrero. ole!”

“optimists are neither in denial nor naïve about challenges and difficulties in life.

they simply attend to and acknowledge the positive.”

– eric kim

credits: oldnews.aadl.org, ann arbor townies





miss kennedy you are invited to my birthday party.

she worked very hard on this

for such a long time

what an effort this took to create

asking me

how to spell each word

letter by letter

putting it in an envelope

sealing it

giving it to me to open and read


big smiles on both sides.


i don’t know that it’s even her birthday.


“effort only fully releases its reward

after a person refuses to quit.”

-napoleon hill

are you a parking ticket because you’ve got fine written all over you? – author unknown


ann arbor.com

every time

i see a parking meter

i think back

to my days

in grad school

it was a frenzied time




to classes

day and night

not sleeping much


to substitute teach


to student teach


to cater


to family events


to drive my daughter

back to college


we were university rivals


to interviews

and all that jazz


no money


no time

and so


was not

on the radar

i was

always looking for a spot

close to class

in a hurry

playing the odds


with construction crews


at almost expired meters


halfway in and halfway out

of legal street spots


tickets were piling up


one day

i came out

in between classes


my car was gone

  i called the police

they said they had it


 i had to

pay off all of my tickets

plus the new one

they had given me

before they towed it

to get it back

they had reached

their tipping point

i walked to the station

and got in line


with about 200 thousand or so

other students

paying off tickets

i waited patiently

i planned

when it was my turn

to tell them


i was a single mother

 working 2 jobs

 going to school

trying to balance everything

with no money


that i was doing all this

to follow my dream

and i hoped

they would grant me

compassionate dreamer’s amnesty

and call it even

but instead

they said

we’ll need 450$

cash or certified check

which seemed like a fortune

and so

 i called my daughters

to come to the station


pick me up


take me

to ransom

my car back


this meant

ramen noodles

would be back too


my amnesty bubble was popped

but my dream was still intact



i was complimented on my driving today.

someone left a note on my windshield that said, ‘parking fine’

– author unknown


image credits: annarbor.com, neatorama.com, wsj.com

* ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’



s, age 4, has taught himself to read. here, he has a teaching moment, when he reads a challenging non-fiction book, about the amazing story of two unlikely animals who became the best of friends. the animals were drawn together, through circumstance and fate, and each found what they needed in the other, becoming somehow better, and changed forever, by being together. as s reads aloud to his classmates, they begin to understand this, and learn that all things are possible.

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”- Scott Hayden


* title quote credit: a saying, alternately attributed to Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni and the Theosophists.