Saying Goodbye to Testing Trauma & Data Disorder

This time of year teachers and students start to twitch because it’s testing time. It seems the weight of the world is on their shoulders and out of their control. National standardized tests are such a limited and short sighted way to judge a person’s learning. In school, Dale participated in  annual tests and what seemed … Read more Saying Goodbye to Testing Trauma & Data Disorder

“You Must Be Sooooooo Proud!”

Yes,  I really am proud, but not about what you might think ….. What makes me happiest and proudest has nothing to do with the fame and good fortune the world has bestowed on my son, and the resulting compliments I receive from being his mother. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of Daleʼs achievements. What … Read more “You Must Be Sooooooo Proud!”

Gifts Worth Passing On: Encouragement, Affirmation, Gratitude, Trust

Today I ran into a friend, D, whom I hadn’t seen in many years. Over twenty years ago I was her daughter’s 5th grade teacher. D was the ace volunteer who spent most Fridays in the classroom with us. She attended field trips, helped with paperwork and gave her opinion when I asked for it. … Read more Gifts Worth Passing On: Encouragement, Affirmation, Gratitude, Trust

Fall Reflections

  While out raking leaves I had a flashback to last fall when I was getting calls and emails from Dale about his college experience and frustrations. He reported the positives and was really trying to make the most of his choice, but the underlying feeling was that he needed something different. Of course, the … Read more Fall Reflections

In Memory:Bradley Jay Nalbone Sep.3, 1985- Oct. 9, 2010

Note: this post was written two years ago but I want to send it out today to honor the memory of my nephew and because I think we can all use the reminders to cherish our children and make the effort to extend our kindness to those suffering from loss. One year ago today my … Read more In Memory:Bradley Jay Nalbone Sep.3, 1985- Oct. 9, 2010