Question 338 of 365: What becomes a tradition?

When working in a middle school that only serves 7th and 8th graders you can do something once and it is launched as a tradition. When the 7th graders become 8th graders, they will expect the major events to remain mostly unchanged and the new 7th graders will not know …

Question 285 of 365: When does advocacy become an employment strategy?

Image by Julie70 via Flickr Being in favor of things is not so very hard. I’m for watching TV in the evenings. I’m for laughing with children. I’m for opening up boxes as soon as they come in the mail. I’m for remembering what I’ve done with those I’ve done …

Question 271 of 365: Who will we let change us?

Image by rshannonsmith via Flickr My son has never liked being changed, not even when he was very small. He is absurdly strong and his hips seem to have the superhuman element to them that allows for him to swivel out of all but the tightest grips. He screams and …

Question 265 of 365: How many pieces am I playing with?

Image via Wikipedia Chess has a certain amount of pieces, as does every other game that I can think of. If you put too many pieces on the board it doesn’t look right and you can’t play. Having too many pawns makes moving around the board more difficult and having …

Question 236 of 365: Who wins when others fail?

Image via Wikipedia I don’t want to hear about other people not doing their jobs right. It isn’t interesting, novel, or beneficial. It may make for cleverly underhanded conversation or ambitious posturing, but it doesn’t really do much good. I can complain about others not pulling their weight or not …

Question 234 of 365: What is the new mix?

Image via Wikipedia I used to make music mixes for every occasion of my life. For birthdays, for anniversaries, and for Christmas. There was no occasion too small that it didn’t call for a music cd or at least a playlist. A few years, I even attempted a list of …

Question 206 of 365: Where is the open book?

Image via Wikipedia Every time I put my son down for bed, he sees fit to be totally uninterested without a good amount of singing of songs and reapplying blankets. In between each one of these tries at sleep during which he may or may not actually close his eyes, …

Question 185 of 365: What happens when you just watch?

Image by andrusdevelopment via Flickr I saw a twinkle of power and awe in my daughter tonight. She held her first sparkler and threw her first snappers (the little bits of explosives that are wrapped in paper). It created something within her that I hadn’t seen before. A kind of …

Question 149 of 365: What happens when it shatters?

The wind must have grabbed it while we were out. It must have taken hold of the oversized umbrella and flipped the entire table, shattering the glass top directly on the deck. It must have done this because when we came home we found the thousands of pieces and the …

Question 133 of 365: When should you pack up and leave?

Image via Wikipedia “Last Night” is the title of one of my favorite songs (by The Strokes) and my favorite movies (A Canadian Indie Film). The former has a driving beat and the latter has an exquisite plot device. Last night is something that just happened, and that I am …