You Are Not Invisible

As a teacher, I see a variety of kids every day.  Some I grow very close to, others only allow me to know their name, rank and serial number.  When I look at all the faces, all the potential, I often wonder what Peyton’s teachers saw when they looked at him.  Did they...

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Oh Captain, My Captain

There is something very humbling about realizing that others don't see you the way you see yourself.  Humbling and a little bit unnerving too. The beauty of Kindness Matters is that it is helping to raise awareness to an ugly and often silent epidemic in our society....

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The Feathers Of Hope

In 1861, Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be the storm – That could abash the little Bird That...

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Another Brick In The Wall

“I have become comfortably numb.” Way back in 1979, Pink Floyd sang these words. I’m sure they had no idea how perfectly they would nail the emotions of a then 13 year old girl who has now become an almost 50 year old woman. But, nail them they did. Roger Waters, the...

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Escape With The Doctor

Today, I’m watching the movie, “Dr. Who” from 1975 – mostly because I know I’d be watching it if Peyton were sitting next to me. It’s cheesy and the special effects are laughable, but hey, it was 40 years ago. I guess it was pretty spectacular back then. As I sit...

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A Letter To My Boy

My sweet, angel-faced boy, A year.  365 days.  I can’t believe its been a year since I held your hand in mine as the doctors and your nurse, Irl, moved you out of your room in the PICU to take you to donation surgery.  As I sit here and try to recall every detail of...

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A Connection Between Moms

There are moments in life that define you.  These moments can affirm decisions that you made a previous point in your life and sometimes they can bring a bit of lightness to the dark.  I had such a moment on Friday, September 25 around 8:30 in the morning. It actually...

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Through the Looking Glass – a look at the other side

A few weeks before school started, I got a rather cryptic text message from a dear friend.  It had a phone number in it and said, “This is my friend Jeff’s number.  I’ve known him since kindergarten.  He might have a wonderful gift for you.”  I was confused by the...

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Orange is the New Pink

In the 40 seconds it took you to open this page and begin reading, somewhere in the world, someone has died by suicide.  A beautiful, loved and loving soul is gone. Just. Like. That. I met a young lady today who lost her 18-year-old sister to suicide 4 years ago....

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A Message of Love

Tomorrow is the big day.  I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.  My room is decorated, my copies are made, I’ve attended all the required meetings and professional learning, and my student teacher is ready to go.  I’ll stand at my door and smile as I welcome my new...

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High School Spirit

Tomorrow is 10 months since I lost my sweet boy.  Its hard to believe its been that long, but yet, it feels just like yesterday.  10 months without seeing his freckled face.  10 months without him trying to explain Minecraft to me.  10 months without having someone to...

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More thank 15 Minutes of Fame – I Hope

Last week, Peyton was the feature story and cover image of the localGeorgetown View magazine. This is a very polished and professional publication that comes out every few months and is (as far as I know) free to Georgetown residents.  I’ve always admired their high –...

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