Paranoia Part 2: The Principal's Office

September 22, 2010 0 Comments

For some reason, it doesn’t seem to matter how benign the circumstances, sitting down in the office of a school ┬áprincipal gives me a bad case of gastrointestinal distress. Maybe that’s because most of my life, I’ve been a smidge shy of ┬ábeing totally innocent. And maybe it has something to do with the fact …

Hair-Trigger Paranoia Switch

September 17, 2010 8 Comments

Yesterday was highly productive. I accomplished nothing other than taking a nice long trip down the road to paranoia. In other words, I wasted my whole day worrying about something that wasn’t even a problem, and in the process, probably created a few that didn’t previously exist. So how can I say it was highly …

Myths About Public Education

September 16, 2010 2 Comments

For 18 years, I juggled being a mom to four amazing girls with being employed in public education. In a large school district, that might not be such a big deal. In a small school district, it can be simultaneously rewarding and exceedingly frustrating. During that time, I rode that uncomfortable picket-topped fence almost daily. …

This Is What Jesus Looks Like

July 29, 2010 2 Comments

The past two weeks, I have removed, relocated, boxed, and stored any number of images of Jesus, the “Blessed Mother”, various saints, and more. While my own feelings toward organized religion, including that of my husband’s mother, are a wee bit hostile (understatement), the one thing I can say about my mother-in-law’s faith is that …

Allowing

July 28, 2010 4 Comments

One of the most powerful lessons I’ve had to learn in my life is that my way isn’t necessarily the right way or the only way. Shocker, isn’t it? The other thing I’ve had to learn is that others can be right even when their right is different from my right. There is usually more …

A Week of Emotional Challenges Topped Off with Some Religious Extortion

July 20, 2010 4 Comments

It’s been a busy and somewhat emotional week. My in-laws are now more-or-less settled into their new home at what I have known my entire life as the nursing home. It was always a very scary and uncomfortable place to me. Smelly, disheveled old wrinkled faces, wheel-chair-bound-droopy-headed nappers, bony hands reaching out to touch anything …

Bittersweet Changes Hitting Us All At Once

July 14, 2010 6 Comments

A couple of years ago, my sweet hubby and I set our sites on a piece of land near the edge of town. It’s a place where horses and chickens can roam without bothering anyone, yet where we can have access to everything except a mailbox. It’s a place where kids can roam and feel …

Lessons Learned from a Wild and Crazy Week

July 2, 2010 0 Comments

This week has been full of enlightenment. Several lessons have come about as a result of my adventures. 1. Religious beliefs can really mess with a person’s ability to accept new ideas for personal improvement. 2. My home is perfect even though Martha Stewart would be appalled. 3. My children are fabulous entertainment for company. …

Sharing the Love

June 21, 2010 7 Comments

Cynthia sent me some no obligation love. It seems like a nice way to step back into blogging after a little over a week of almost no writing. Besides, the rules of “accepting” the love award might just make for a good post, so here goes. The first rule is to thank the person who …

Me Thinks He Doth Protesteth Too Much

June 1, 2010 0 Comments

Last week, I was forced privileged to witness the brutal brain exploding ugliness of another human being’s meltdown. Did I mention it was ugly? Through a series of events involving the decoration and fru-fru-ization of a previously plain, institutional public restroom, I saw what can only be desribed as another human being leaping off the …