“Wanna be my Best Friend?” I remember uttering these words to Marcy Campbell in the 3rd grade. She was my first best friend. All I had to do was ask and we were instantly bonded for life. It seemed so easy at 3rd grade. I truly wish it was as easy as an adult. Now… Continue reading Wanna be my Best Friend!
You know that crippling fear you get in your dream state when you think you have an intruder in the house, but you can’t seem to wake or move. You are just paralyzed by fear and sleep. This was the fear I experienced last night. But instead of a dream it was a reality. My… Continue reading 4.7 seconds
Dear Jennie, Good Morning. I know it is morning if you are reading this, because that is when you get the most done in your day. You are probably sitting by your locker an hour early for school. This will not change. You will be early forever, sometimes to your detriment, mostly to your benefit.… Continue reading Dear JENNIE at 16
What the?!?!?! Is that a tree in the middle of the road? What is that? Holy Cow! That’s a palm tree someone cut down and stuffed down a man hole! What?!? And look, another one? Seriously! My Uber driver laughed at me, only partly understanding my English. He laughed and explained how “kind of people… Continue reading Road less traveled
I have been traveling a bit for the past few weeks around Costa Rica. I have been blessed to have met new and wonderful people wherever I seem to be. I like to play a game of I wonder where they are from. Trying to guess before the speak, for the accent or language become… Continue reading A Boat, A Bus, and A Bungalow
I am no longer cool. I realized this this over the past couple years of teaching. I knew it happened when my students started to call me “mamma Stout” or “Ma’am”. It’s not that my students don’t like my class or don’t have respect for me, I feel respected, it is I have just lost… Continue reading Everyone was Cool once
What does this phrase really mean, “Settling Down”? When I hear this phrase, I envision a dog circling and circling a soft spot about to lie down and take a nap in the warm sun. Don’t get me wrong, I like naps. I also want to be clear about what it means to ‘settle down’.… Continue reading Settling Down