Break on Through to the Other Side?

Last week my sixth grader’s homeroom teacher asked the kids to submit a goal for the year – something they wanted to accomplish in school, that was specific, measurable, timebound. All good things. Will’s first stab was to “get all A’s.” A fine, admirable outcome, but an outcome nonetheless – something that he could eitherContinue reading “Break on Through to the Other Side?”

Observing World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow, Oct. 10, is World Mental Health Day. My former employer is giving employees the day off, so I decided to observe it today as well. My daughter and I are going to spend this top 10 weather day canoeing on the St. Croix River – we just have to get our work done thisContinue reading “Observing World Mental Health Day”

Structure vs force: love and elearning

The second week of distance learning in St. Paul starts today. Last week was HARD. Not because the work was hard or the expectations too high, but because having to be all things to all people brings out the worst in me. My kids are used to being accountable to a teacher for their schoolContinue reading “Structure vs force: love and elearning”

Prayer lessons for a hard day

I so want things to be different today. I want to KNOW when the pandemic will lift. I want to let my children play with their friends. I want them to go back to school. I bargain a little with God. Or at least, I hope for very specific outcomes. I set milestones, like, ifContinue reading “Prayer lessons for a hard day”