Oklahoma State University celebrates homecoming like no other place I know. The grandiose party they put on for homecoming draws thousands back to the small town so many knew as home. The tradition of what was once called “America’s Greatest Homecoming” runs deep in Stillwater. The week leading up to homecoming includes countless events such … More America’s Greatest Homecoming.
One night I found myself sucked into a documentary series on Netflix’s titled The Art of Design. The eight part series followed artists in different fields as they discussed how they see the world through their craft. Though many others I know did not, I found it riveting. Glued to the ideas and creativity each … More How Christoph Niemann’s Witty Art Challenges Me
Y’all, I identify more than I should admit with the movie Moana. When they made it, I do not believe I sat within the parameters of their target audience. But I love this animated kids movie so much. Every time I watch Moana it brings me to tears. A fearless girl who does not always … More Moana
Merriam-Webster defines legacy as “something (such as property or money) that is received from someone who has died” or “something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past”. Legacy connotes a continuation of something begun or a beautiful gift. But what the rose colored glasses side of me doesn’t like … More The Legacy of My Meemaw
Over Labor Day weekend I took a much needed trip to Richfield, Minnesota. Embarking on this journey has grown to a pilgrimage of sorts for my friends and I. For literal years we heard our friend Kris laud about the grandiose nature of the Minnesota State Fair. He told about the many delicious food options, … More Minnesota
In my apartment I have this shelf that holds all the things I can’t fit into the cabinets. It lives in the closet with our washer and dryer serving as a makeshift pantry. Now when I moved in, this shelf started to wobble more than usual. But alas, I salvaged it with some duct tape … More The Shelf
In July I had the pleasure of exploring New York City. Having documented my newfound love affair on this blog at least a few times, I will not bore you with how much this city woos me each time I visit. On this trip I experienced a lot of firsts. First time going out into … More What My First Broadway Show Taught Me
Dear (New) Teacher, The month of August arrived much faster than we dreamed. For this gal August means back to my classroom for another school year. But before tomorrow, the first day of school in my district, I want to pause and offer a quick reminder on why we do what we do. In the … More A Letter to the (New) Teacher
This week I had a blog written and ready to go by Wednesday, which for me seems rare. But as I watched this weekend play out in Charlottesville, it felt empty to post about something other than my reflections on what occurred in America. So instead I penned this for this week. Know that I … More Enough is enough.
This last week I returned from almost two solid weeks of travel and met the stark reality that summer must come to an end. I attempted to get back into the swing of things by starting to set up my classroom. Turning the space of a cookie cutter classroom into a magical safe inviting place … More Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium