If you know me well, you probably know that I'm on Instagram, where I mostly post about books. I love this community - I mean, what's better than a bunch of book nerds sharing their love for reading, celebrating old favorites and new releases? Today INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed released, and, since I preordered the … Continue reading Slice of Life #19: When a Dystopia Hits Too Close to Home
I'm feeling pretty down today - after a peaceful guest-led experience on Friday, I felt like my students were out to get me. To reflect on the differences between my days, I want to try out a new form I found from Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum. I'm changing it a little to read On … Continue reading Slice of Life #18: On Friday/Today
March 17. St. Patrick's Day. If you told me a few years ago that you celebrated, I'd think you meant:You dressed in green from head to toeand drank green beer in the daylight. I might have been down; Once, I let my best friend,a drag queen,paint my lips to mimicthe Irish flag. The next year, another, … Continue reading Slice of Life #17: Raise a Glass
Today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, so today's slice is going to be one of listing little gratitudes to help me refocus my energy into something more positive: I'm grateful for my fluffy cat,the way her whiskers twitch when she sniffs the outside airfrom an open window. I'm grateful for … Continue reading Slice of Life #16: Wrong Side of the Bed/Gratitude
It's Thursday. I come home, pull some leftovers out of the fridge, and plop down onto the couch. It's only 3:30, but I am exhausted. How can that be possible? I was only teaching! Ah - there's the rub. Honestly, in my first year teaching, I used to think I was just weak, that maybe … Continue reading Slice of Life #15: Emotional Labor: It’s a Thing.
Wednesday. It's 7:20am when I awaken to my boyfriend's alarm. I swear as I whip off the covers. My cat rolls to her back and gives me a stretch, inviting cuddles, but I'm about 30 minutes behind already - that's what I get for turning on only 5 instead of all 10 of my morning … Continue reading Slice of Life #14: Road Rage?
(Yes, I'm posting just after midnight). My boyfriend is writing a book. Or rather, he has finished a first draft: 85,000 words of a novel. Tonight he is editing. Or so he says. I'm settled into bed, charging my Kindle and scrolling Instagram until the e-reader is ready. I see a post from afropreppybookworm signaling … Continue reading Slice of Life #13: A Different Kind of Writing
On Day 10, Sherri invited the Slicing community to share a story about race. Here is my first attempt. "Ms. Vogel, do we have YJP today?" This is a phrase I am hearing more and more of lately. "You know we always have YJP Tuesday through Friday, right?" I respond to EVERY student that asks, … Continue reading Slice of Life #12: THE ROBOTS ARE EVEN BIASED?!
A short & sweet acrostic on this tired daylight savings Monday, in the tradition of writing about our beloved pets: Kittle. I've never had a cat so sweet, Tiny, with Tickling whiskers, Lots of love to give (and demand), Everyday cuddles galore.
Thanks to Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum for being my mentor text! Books. This probably comes as no surprise from an ELA teacher. There's my current read, The Terranauts. My abandoned-but-current reads, Where the Dead Sit Talking and Dime Quien Soy. My abandoned-sometime-around-winter-break-but-waiting-until-the-mood-strikes-me-to-pick-them-back-up books, The Far Field, A Great and Terrible Beauty, In Other Words, … Continue reading Slice of Life #10: What’s On Your Nightstand?