July 23, 2017 Dear Families, In our ever changing world of social media, one needs a master's degree to navigate the countless updates. Recently, Maddy and I discovered a very 1984 update to Snapchat. While driving on Santa Fe to a baseball game in Castle Rock, Maddy received a text from one of her college … Continue reading Are You a Ghost?
July 3, 2017 Dear Families, A word of caution. This post is not for the faint of heart. I might even suggest some will find my words offensive. Yet, as I mentioned early on last year, I will never shy away from challenging topics. When I was young, summer days basked in all the glory … Continue reading The Summer Slide…Why I Will NEVER, EVER Let my Kids Stop Learning
June 19, 2017 Dear Families, It's no secret our family eats, sleeps, and dreams baseball. My love of baseball extends beyond my love of watching Hunter play or looking through Maddy's most recent photos of the game. It reaches to the very core of life. I'm confident that each of us, at one point or … Continue reading Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Baseball
June 7, 2017 Dear Families, Monday, Hunter turned 16. All the cliches of that milestone flood my mind. I find myself transfixed. I find myself filled with anxiety. Essentially, my "parenting" days are done. Of course, Paul and I will continue to discipline poor choices and hold him accountable to the standards set in our … Continue reading The Epic Growth of a Parent
June 1, 2017 Dear Families, Have you heard the 2 words every mother wants to hear 2 weeks into summer vacation yet? You know the ones. Yes. You just said them in your mind with the whiny twinge that makes even the most patient of mothers grit her teeth. The fatal, "I'm bored." Two weeks … Continue reading 2 Weeks into Summer Vacation
May 25, 2017 Dear Families, I first read the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne my junior year of high school in my AP English class. I distinctly remember the feeling of outrage I had over The Scarlet Letter. I remember at one point marching into the kitchen, slamming the book on the counter, and passionately expressing … Continue reading The Scarlett Letter, The Crucible, and Restorative Discipline
May 17, 2017 Dear Families, I find myself both in awe and in bewilderment over the fact that we have exactly 1.5 days left in this school year. As I reflect upon our year, I realize that many things went well. Students embraced the concept that they matter and their peer's matter. The leadership classes … Continue reading Nelson Mandela Said It Best…
May 12, 2017 Dear Families, Ever have one of those weeks that you can't remember what day it is? You find yourself one day off the entire week. I have been one day behind every day this week. I spent all morning thinking today was Thursday. Thus, my Wire post is one day late. My apologies. … Continue reading Wait, What Day is It?
May 4, 2017 Dear Families, This past weekend, I found myself alone in the house for the first time in years, literally. Saturday morning, I decided that I would watch Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith. I avoided it for months because I didn't want to cry. The opening scene shows Smith speaking to a room … Continue reading What is Your Why?
April 27, 2017 Dear Families, In a marathon, I am not sure which mile is worse. Mile one, when the runner realizes the undertaking ahead. Mile 17, when the runner realizes they have just under a half marathon still to complete. Or Mile 23, when the runner can't imagine taking one more step. May 19th … Continue reading Mile 23