June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day!

I guess this means I should probably run…



Happy National Running Day!

I guess this means I should probably run…

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June 5, 2013
Second to Last Day of School: A Haiku

Have you graded it?

Why isn’t it tomorrow?

Must take all the naps.

May 25, 2013
Tomes Away: Yesterday I got a little carried away...


Everyone in seventh period was working on their sonnet essays. Classical music was playing on Pandora. I sat down next to the girl working on an analysis of Shakespeare’s sonnet 116.

I asked, “How’s it going?”

She told me that the sonnet is beautiful, it’s amazing, it’s Shakespeare…but she’s…

And then there was a tree in my eye at 11:15 at night…

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May 23, 2013
30 Years

Today is my 30th birthday. I didn’t make a thirty before 30 list; I didn’t create a goal list. I spent most of my late twenties trying not to think about turning 30, and when it did manage to creep it to my consciousness, my primary emotion was dread and disappointment.

My disappointment was mostly rooted in the fact that my life looked nothing like how I thought my life would (or should) look by my 30th birthday: yes I was teaching, but I was lonely and sad that I hadn’t met the person that I would share my life and start a family with.

Then, one year ago today, I received a voicemail from a man who would become astoundingly important to me. And now, a year later, we are moving towards marriage, planning our lives together, and so astoundingly blessed.

Things can change so fast; God’s timing is perfect; my early thirties are going to be great!

May 22, 2013


Enjoy! Don’t forget to cool down and stretch. Watch the video (which includes more detail) HERE.

Did this for a measly 3/14 workouts - though being sick is the primary reason for the low number. I’m hoping to squeeze in two tomorrow.

If you’ve never done this workout, it’s quick and heavy-hitting. I used this clock to keep track of my intervals.

If you’re a fit teacher, bookmark that video or reblog this post for reference. 15 minutes and done? Excellent.


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May 19, 2013
Twenty Three Voices: For Daisy, My Faraway Girl


No more tears in the champagne 
Let the cool breeze on the veranda cleanse your spirit 
My faraway girl
My beautiful and dangerous girl 
My ethereal, enchanted object
We can make the past the present
cut away affairs and years
if you say yes with your eyes
Give me your hand
for it is not so different across the bay
Fill my empty house with your voice,
falling coins in the great halls,
your smile enough to douse the green light
I’m just a man in a pink suit
with a yellow car and a green lawn,
fighting whispers and rumors,
asking a married debutante 
for one more chance
to prove my worth.

May 16, 2013

To run outside or to not run outside; that is the question…

I don’t want to die?

May 5, 2013
"When I teach classes on the argumentative essay, one of my favorite books to bring in is Jay-Z’s Decoded. It is a gift for teachers, because Jay-Z provides very clear, close readings of his own poems. (This is something few poets throughout history have provided.) I have had many successful lessons in which I have played his song “99 Problems” for students and then showed them how he breaks down its construction in Decoded. Once students can see that Jay-Z wrote each line with such purpose, crafted many complex ideas into powerful verse, it paves the way for meaningful discussions about how to create any argument in language. Students can see that their ideas are important, and that style helps their impact come through."

What Poetry Teaches Us About the Power of Persuasion

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We read Decoded in one of my college English classes and would listen along. I liked Jay-Z before but really have an immense appreciation now. It was a great read!

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I am SO going to use this next year!

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May 2, 2013

I should really make my unexpected May snow day a productive one, but there are SO MANY GOOD NEW THINGS ON NETFLIX.

I probably don’t have to tell you how this will turn out…

May 2, 2013

A certain someone is going to be out of town Memorial Day weekend for a disc golfing extravaganza, so I am compiling a list of movies to watch while he is gong.  This one is at the top of the list.

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