Great, we live in a Troll Dynasty, now what?

In case you haven’t noticed the election season swirling around us lately, the usual trolls are out on both sides and they are foaming from their snide little mouths. With our undeniable reliance on the internet and social media, it’s safe to say that some have slowly risen to power and…

Keep Today’s Happy Thoughts For When Days Go Bad

My mentor teacher gave me some terrific advice that really didn’t have anything to do with teaching before I began my first year.  It had to do with surviving which really, when it comes down to it, is what a new teacher needs to hear right before the first day…

Community is all about me. Seriously.

   My concept of community has evolved throughout certain periods of my life. I was naive enough when I was younger to believe that if I were loyal to my community than that loyalty would be returned.  Whether this “community” was my school, work, church or literal community, it didn’t…

This is Why Seeking Authenticity is not the Same as Being Real

We have created an impossible standard under which to achieve happiness as adults.  I am primarily referring to an epidemic that spreads faster than head lice and it’s this idea of authenticity or being true to yourself. I suppose this is where I should insert my disclaimer that in no way…

Will Patriotism Make America Great Again?

The concept of patriotism is one that has evolved for me over time. It was easy for me to define when I was younger. To be patriotic meant to be proud of my country and to defend it against ideals that would cause it harm. I grew up in a…