my Super two cents

“Ms. S, please keep a close eye on Daniel, he suffered a concussion in last week’s game. His assignments will need to be modified and if he starts to act strange, call me.” “Ms. S, just letting you know Aaron will be a few minutes late for class. He tore his ACL in last week’s …

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A Special Spotlight and Celebration!

Ode to 2022 by Charles Schilling It gave us round three “2020 two”! It gave us more tension and more lessons too. More are dead in the streets, more bombs dropped overseas. Another trillion or so dollars spent and another broken family. Tell me friend, can you say, if your fears have been relieved? It’s …

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Pursue your Passions (video message)

Need a little creative inspiration? Check out my end-of-the-year message. My message is not polished perfection, but it is packed with heart and intention. (A script) from the head would have made logical sense; hopefully, you get the gist. 😁 Best to you in 2023! 💗 Michele https://videopress.com/v/pQAJzMZF?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true I was surprised yesterday to receive a …

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A Heart Speaks

There is an average size to the human heart – a few ounces more if it pumps life through a man compared to a woman, or grams if that’s your method of measurement, though some things cannot be measured, and one size does not fit all. How can a heart weigh less compared to other …

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Story time (video)

Like many people, my love affair with words and stories began with picture books. An adoration that has never left me. I am grateful to my mom for reading to me and my brother before we started kindergarten and to my first-grade teacher for calling on me, frequently, to read aloud during story time. Those …

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“Don’t Hesitate” (poetry recitation)

"Don't Hesitate" by Mary Oliver If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plentyof lives and whole towns destroyed or aboutto be. We are not wise, and not very oftenkind. And much can never be redeemed.Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps thisis its way of fighting back, that …

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my inspired blog back story

I wanted so much to just disappear; I did not want to talk to anyone, but most people need their goodbyes. I have had too many of them to need any more. "What are you going to do?" she asked me, as I was rolling my last cart of personal belongings to my car. Dammit, …

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Follow your heART (essay)

Three years ago, my friend and I attended an Emerging Artist Lecture at the Phoenix Art Museum. The featured artist was Brooklyn-based contemporary artist, Arcmanoro Nile. Beyond the event invitation, neither of us knew anything about Nile, but we were excited to be out. Doing anything. We are both English teachers who had recently left …

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Take it or Leave it

Be a task master when you must but don’t become a slave to your tasks. Leave things better than you found them. That might mean tearing down what is broken. One brick at a time, if need be. Get your hands dirty – eventually mingled with the dirt, you will be. Make the sad cashier …

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Rewritten (personal essay)

Writing, like nothing else, gives people a chance to examine personal history and rewrite the narrative. Literally. We call this “reframing” in the narrative therapy workshops I assist with. I credit author, Sandra Marinella, for introducing this potentially life-changing and scientifically supported writing technique to me. I have personally benefitted from this writing approach, and …

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