Today, we had an active shooter drill. Yesterday, there was another school shooting. Another one. My students handled the drill well. They didn't question it. They complied. They each quietly left their seats and huddled under the computer tables. Several helped me to lower the blinds and cover the windows with paper. They understand what … Continue reading Today In School…
I saw this at a bookstore in Auckland and it made me stop. It also made me giggle a little. Was the store implying that religion and happiness are one and the same? Were they just short on shelf space and had to consolidate? Religion is an interesting thing to me. Personally, I was raised … Continue reading On Judaism/Religion/Happiness
We have a scratch off map at home with all the countries we've been to, and I'm having a serious moral dilemma. Can I scratch off North Korea now that we've been to the DMZ?! When we were in Korea a few weeks ago, we booked a tour to go to the DMZ - the … Continue reading A Casual Day at the DMZ/North Korea
Dear 5 year old Jeanette... It's okay that you don't look like everyone else in your classroom. One day, you'll appreciate the intricacies of who you are and where your family comes from. Dear 13 year old Jeanette... I know you feel like an outsider again, and maybe you are. It will pass and you … Continue reading Dear Me, Love Me
After our brief visit to Singapore, we moseyed on over to Seoul, South Korea. Going into this trip, I had an idea of what most of the places would be like, but Korea was an unknown for me. If you asked me what I knew about Korea, the most I could give you would be … Continue reading Discovering the Heart and S(e)oul of South Korea
I'm trying to write all these thoughts out before too much time passes so that the details are still clear in my memory. Today is July 29th and we are 11 days into our 5 week trip through Asia and Australia. So I guess all of this word vomit is 11 days old. We left … Continue reading Singapore: Too Perfect?
I went to the DMZ yesterday (that's a story for another post), and along the way, in an effort to reduce my battery usage to increase Instagram story output, I rediscovered some of my old downloaded playlists. Does anyone remember Kodaline? I know they're still active, but let's be real, they peaked in 2014. They … Continue reading Do You Follow Your Fire?
I have been neglectful AF towards this blog - which is audacious considering I pay to have it! I don't even have a good excuse - I've been on summer break for the last two weeks doing nothing but going to yoga and annoying my husband. I thought it'd be fun to do a quick … Continue reading Life Lately
Just don't do it in someone's ear. Don't be that weirdo. It's been a long month. Things have happened that have made life difficult for me - emotionally, physically, and mentally. I took a break from writing, and quite frankly, a lot of other things as well (like kale and yoga). One thing that has … Continue reading Breathe, Loudly
This post is delayed but this week has been busy, so it is what it is. Plus, I'm sure there is not a single soul on this earth who has been waiting at the edge of their seat, so it's all good! We started our trip off with several days in Rome. It was nice, … Continue reading Things We Did and Ate in Rome (in Pictures)