For Some Students, Life Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair

  My pace is quick as I reach the base of the hill, walking underneath a canopy of maple, elm and birch trees. The August nights are getting dark earlier and, as I look skyward, the gray clouds are tinged with pink. My running shoes press off the pavement, and I notice that the sky…

A Letter to My Students – Swim, Don’t Just Tread Water

Holy Family School Ottawa, Ontario, Canada August 22, 2016 Dear Students,   Welcome to my class. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person. In the meantime, I hope you’ll take a moment to read this letter that I wrote just for you. As we start this school year, I challenge you to look deeply…

At 12 Years Old – One Voice For Many

The gunshot was meant to silence a small boy on a distant field, yet its echo continues to reverberate around the world today. Thanks to a Canadian boy who, at 12 years old, used his one voice for many.      I attended Sixth Grade at McMaster Catholic School in Ottawa. My classroom was on the second…

No Dress Rehearsal – This is Our Life

  Iconic Canadian Band,The Tragically Hip, had its farewell tour this summer. This  post was inspired by the lyrics: “Ahead By a Century.” February 12, 1999      The sun cast its beams through my kitchen window, as I watched cars carefully navigate the snowy roads, ice crunching underneath their tires. A snowplow, with it’s flashing…

Restore One Another

“Be kind to everyone, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” (Plato)               My best friend recently asked me to come up with the name of a book or movie that best described myself. I thought long and hard about this, as no title initially came to…