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Deep Water: Project 180, Day 43


Just because I love it. Just because it feeds my spirit. Just because I look forward to it every single day, does not mean that it’s easy. It’s rewarding–incredibly so, but it’s also demanding–incredibly so….

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The Work Goes On: Project 180, Day 42


Tired. Getting sick. Again. But the work continues–though I suspect there won’t be much Super in the Syrie today. Just Simple Syrie. Some days it’s just about survival. Today is about survival. My tenth-grade team…

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People, not Nails: Project 180, Day 41


Okay, maybe I should have knocked on wood yesterday after sharing how great things were going in room 211. Should have, but I didn’t, and so I should not have been surprised when things didn’t…

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A Better Recipe: Project 180, Day 40


Forty days in and I am feeling great about how things are going. Told my wife last night, as I was making dinner, that I felt like I needed to pinch myself after another great…

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The Weight We Carry: Project 180, Day 39


“It’s pretty heavy.” “Okay. I can do heavy.” But I didn’t know the weight, didn’t understand the gravity that would pull me into my chair, sinking my spirit into the depths of the void from…

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Stop: Project 180, Day 38


“Syrieididntgetachancetofinishmyessayourwifiwasdownand…and…” “Whoa, Abby. Slow down, chica. Sounds like you are stressing about this class. Thought we talked about this?” I responded, nodding at the back table where we ‘put down the glass’ last week.  “No…

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It Matters to Matter: Project 180, Day 37


  Yes. Yes. And yes. Success should not only be measured by the grade I hand out at the end of a term, for I am human, and I am fallible. Oh I think deeply…

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In Their Silence: Project 180, Day 36


In their silence I discover worlds. In Kailey’s silence I imagine beautiful inspiration as her fingers click-clack across the keyboard, words materializing on the screen, her life rising out of her, a summit of sentences…

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Due Process: Project 180, Day 35


  Nearly ten years ago now I was lucky enough to attend two of Kelly Gallagher’s writing seminars here in Spokane. I even got the opportunity to introduce him at the second one, which was…

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Sorry, No Post: Project 180, Day 34


Morning, all. No post today. Life got in the way. Sorry. Be back at it tomorrow. Today’s Trail Along today’s trail we will… …begin with Smiles and Frowns. …move our narrative essays down the path….

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