Helping Children In Need

Since writing my article, “The One Reason I Quit Teaching,” many people had questions and requested additional information about the childhood hunger presentation referenced in the article. The presentation I developed was very specific to Clackamas County in Oregon, and was written five years ago. However, this is such an important and under-educated issue, here … Continue reading Helping Children In Need

The Scariest Thing

“You can do this, just give me your hand,” my husband and brother say this to me all the time. I’m an overly cautious person and always have been. I immediately think something is too dangerous or too hard and declare it as such. Hiking off the trail, swimming in murky water, roller-coasters, climbing a … Continue reading The Scariest Thing

Just Breathe

Yesterday, one of my Texas friends messaged me that she was sorry about what had happened in Oregon and that she hoped my family was safe. I immediately felt nauseous and, with shaking hands, Googled to find out what she was talking about. I was horrified to find that there was a mass shooting in … Continue reading Just Breathe

Six Weeks in Texas; the good, the bad, the ugly, the amazing

I never imagined I would live in Texas, I grew up happily splashing through the woods in Oregon. I thought that Texas was just full of armadillos and overly armed rednecks… well, may still be true but this big, beautiful, bodacious state has a lot more to delight even the weirdest, rain-loving Northwesterner. My husband’s … Continue reading Six Weeks in Texas; the good, the bad, the ugly, the amazing