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“This Compulsion”

“When I get this feeling, this compulsion, I always do what it tells me. I can’t explain where it comes from or how I get it, and it doesn’t happen very often. But I obey it.” ~ Calvin O’Keefe, A Wrinkle in Time

Just like Calvin, I have this compulsion.  I am compelled.

Compelled to be better. Compelled to do more.

Compelled to teach. Compelled to learn.

Compelled to find a place where I am understood and I understand.

I’m excited to say I’ve been invited and graciously accept the invitation to become part of a blogging community that will post, read, comment on, and share education-minded posts several times a month.

What better name for this group than the Compelled Tribe? 

For a while now, I have been aimlessly searching for a “thing,” for my “place,” for my “people.”

For my tribe.

Of course, I already belong to several “tribes” – my oldest friends, my children, my family, and some work friends.  Even my  8th grade class feels like a tribe.

However, this tribe is different, and I’m excited. I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life when I’ve needed a tribe like this.

These are tough and challenging times in education, and I am finishing out Year 20 of teaching.  I don’t think I’m alone, or will be misunderstood, when I say that some days I feel like I am at a crossroads.

Luckily, I just happened to cross paths with a tribe that wants to grow.  A tribe who will support me, encourage me, and challenge me in areas that are important to me: writing, teaching, and learning.





Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Happy 4th of July! It’s going to be a hot one today. Like yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that, and tomorrow….ugh…

The weather will not stop the celebration: today people will be celebrating all over the country with picnics, cookouts, barbecues, festivals and fireworks. (Please be careful – I heard that the sparks from sparklers can start serious fires this year with the dry grass.)

Today we will be hanging out with Admiral Bodee and some of his family and friends. My food is ready and I have water balloons and tie-dye supplies for all the kids (and any interested adults). We’ll also be watching the fireworks from his new hot tub (hopefully it’s not too hot!)




When I tried to think of my approach for today’s blog, it came to me almost instantly. In this country we are blessed with freedoms that many do not have. We have those freedoms because of brave men and women throughout history.

Today I can blog because I have the freedom of speech. I am able to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing because I am free from the walls that have surrounded me and kept me from living the happiest life I could. I made a brave move a few months ago and put myself out there – out here – and I am so glad that I did.

Happy 4th of July! Be safe and enjoy the day!


iPad artwork by Tweedle Dee

Keeping with My Theme


“S” is for summer vacation, sea, sand, seagulls, staying up late, snacks at the pool, and snoozing in the sun.

Oh yeah, and “See ya!”

We will be at the beach all week.

I have already promised myself to be “blog free.”

(Who knew blogging could be so addictive?!?)

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