Living Through the Oregon Smoke

I want to start by saying my family is grateful beyond measure that neither we nor our homes were harmed by the Labor Day fires that swept the state of Oregon. But I think we– a collective we that includes our entire city– are still reeling from the triple whammy: our continuing Level 1 Covid reopening status, ongoing protests condemning police brutality against Black, indigenous, […]

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Reforming the Start of the School Year

It’s the start of a new school year! Teacher energy is high. Administrators are keenly focused on supporting their teachers to get off on a great start. Unless you’re the English teacher in this situation. I’ll call her Randi. Randi is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with fifteen-plus teaching years under her belt. She moved to a new school four years ago and, once again, […]

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Take Care of Our Kids

Today I learned that three young people died in our town over the weekend. One, a 19 year old young man, was a suicide. The other young man and woman who died were in their early twenties. The cause of their deaths isn’t officially known yet; the young woman’s mother found them at home with heroin paraphernalia scattered around the room. “We have some serious […]

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In a Bubble

I surprised myself a few days ago. Not only did I create an account on a free online journal, I went back the next day and shelled out a whopping $20 for a pro account. The journal site itself, Penzu.com, is nicely done. It’s easy to use and there’s a big emphasis on privacy. But that’s not why I joined, not why I paid for […]

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