Moment(s) of Silence

Been kind of speechless lately- maybe because I'm from the Thumper school of thought that says "you don't have nothin' nice to say, don't say nothin' at all." Or maybe it's all the noise that I'm surrounded by- literal household noise, yes, but also that of constant news reports, trying to be helpful but yet…

Weathering the Storm

I have to admit, after writing my last post toting about the “positives” of our current global situation, it has been pretty difficult to stay positive. There are good and bad days. The bar for the “good” days has been set pretty low. I talked to a loved one on the phone, video chatted with…

Piecing Together the Positives

We have started week two of "social distancing" and "staying and working at home" because of Coronavirus. The only time we have left the house is to go to the grocery store to get what is left on the shelves while sharing anxious glances with everyone else there. We come home to be surrounded by…

Senioritis-20

A new version of the illness, "Senioritis,"specific to those in the graduating class of 2020. Symptoms include: Crying at the disappointment of lost opportunities- show choir competitions, performances, club meetings, dances, athletic events, rights of passage, and general social opportunities with friendsGuilt about feeling sad when others in the world are in much more difficult…

Corona Cynicism

In the last 48 hours, my school district has cancelled school for two weeks (oh wait... now three weeks, tomorrow it will probably be five) my governor has closed all restaurants, bars, gyms and any other place where more than 25 people would gather. And the rehab where my father is staying locally for PT…

Cheapo Inspo for 9-13 Y/Os

Teaching 9-13 year-olds is not for the faint of heart, and when you haven't been 9-13 in a while yourself, coming up with ideas to inspire and motivate can be a challenge. So here are a few gimmicks I've discovered over my past twenty years in the classroom that help in this arena (most of the time- with a lot of students 😏).

A Warm Mug of Local Good Vibes

I recently indulged in a frothy, warm mug of "Golden Dragon" at one of my favorite local places. The Rose Room Cafe is an oasis of warmth, friendly faces and positive vibes in a run down section of downtown Webster, MA. You can't help but smile when you walk in and are greeted by the…

Market Madness

ThMuglifers went on a mission this weekend to check out the new Worcester Public Market. This newest addition to the city of Worcester is part of the revitalization of the Canal district in preparation of the new minor league baseball park for the "WooSox" team. Neither of us are strangers to the Canal district section…