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...

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...
The Feathers Of Hope

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...
Another Brick In The Wall

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...
Escape With The Doctor

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...
A Letter To My Boy

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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