"Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream." — John Lennon

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I am almost done with my fieldwork.
Just a few more days and spring break is going to hold me real tight.
I have made checklist of things I want to accomplish and things I probably should accomplish.
This is the first time I have really wanted to be productive on a break.
Usually I just do whatever comes my way, whatever I think to do that day.
This break I want to accomplish things.

I want to climb a mountain.
I need to simplify my house.
I want to make some presents.
I need to make springs budget.
I want to camp.
I need to clean my car.
I want to cook some new recipes.
I want to touch base with friends and family.
I want to plant some vegetables.

But overall I want to do this with a relaxed mind.

I don't want my checklist to overwhelm me but rather guide me.
If everything gets done... Great!
If not.. it will at some point.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


"a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." - Christopher Reeve

Friday, March 14, 2014


He carries himself like a man who just won most valuable player award of the NFL, despite the fact that he is only 4.
His diagnosis of Down syndrome gives him an edge unlike any other student I have, which makes him my favorite.
Little cleats pound the cement as he parades from the swings to the mary-go-round, searching for eyes that will allow him to show off his tricks.
After minutes of watching him, he realizes my eyes saw his every trick.
He gasps with surprise covering his mouth as his eyes light up.  
Quickly he marches straight towards me, lifting his knees high through the grass, making sure his cleats don’t stick, little strong arms swinging high, back and forth back and forth.
His feet come to a halt as his toes reach mine.
Crackling breaths through his trache, match the rising of his barrel chest.
He places his hand on my knee as his big eyes look up at me and his head communicates the words he cannot, an ever-slight tilt towards the sidewalk chalk.
No pictures or designs, just a spider web of lines that goes over steps and cracks.
He has almost mastered walking backwards dragging the chalk wherever his little cleats take him, but ever so often he falls back onto his bottom, only looking up to gasp with a little laughter that trails along.
Back up on his feet he continues to work like a worker bee, moving wherever the action is.
He stops to make sure I am still watching, squinting his eyes and smiling big he gives me his classic superman flexing position, hands in fist as his arms reach up to meet his ears.
I always tell him he is the strongest 4 year old I know and his chest puffs up a little as he marches off.
So much confidence.
So much determination.
So much laughter.
Today I get to see him and I am pretty thrilled.
There is something about him that makes me feel excited for the future. For the kids I will encounter throughout my career and the way in which they will inspire and make me look at life differently. 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Love should make you feel good -Lumineers

Friday, March 7, 2014


When I break it down, take all the components of love apart, this is how I see it. 

Someone is my last thought at night and me theirs.
Where secretes can be locked away. 
No spot in the world beats my arms around his waist.  
Sorry’s are a necessity.
Our single looks can whisper thoughts across a crowded room.
Where roots go deep into his heart, only to be nourished and grow.
I find security in his words and actions. 
Wrinkles outline my mouth from the puckered lips that have laid countless kisses on his cheeks.
Jokes that still bring laughter years and years later.
I am able to find understanding grasped between our clasped hands.
Where our friendship is older than our love.

Love, to put it simply, should make you happy. 



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