Can You Say “Gethsemane”?

Yesterday was a day of being in the right place at the right time. It started with a streak of green lights through town at 7:00am. My carpool and I decided one morning as we were waiting in our Middle School’s parking lot for our teachers to arrive, that if you hit all the lights…

Compass Language

Today when I was downtown for lunch, a woman stopped me on the street to ask for directions. From across the block she called to me and ran across the road to get the information (she was nowhere near where she wanted to be). She made no move to take out her earbuds, so I…

Wrong > Right

As a result of my recent move, “new” things have quickly become undesirable. New weather is too hot, new friends are too slow in the making, and a new routine nearly impossible to establish. But, as with all changes, the bad is often accompanied by the good. The nice thing is that I can sit…

You Will Know the Tree by Its Fruit

I’d arrived early last Wednesday and was so glad I had. Almost as soon as I sat down in the quiet classroom I heard people rolling their knuckles over the door. Tenth graders. Two of them. They’re not really my business (I’m involved with 2nd and 3rd period Eleventh grade), but I stood up anyway to…

“Any More Questions?” … “Yeah! What’s Your Number??!”

Perhaps it was because the first picture I saw of my new high school (a guy lying on his stomach, hands cuffed behind his back, face flat to the pavement, Tasers pointing at him through the end of officers’ uniformed arms), or maybe it was the way everyone talked about it (“It’s really not as…

Break-fast: Quickly Broken

This morning, at 5 hours and 50 minutes past midnight, I broke the routine into which I had so comfortably fallen for the past two weeks: I got out of bed before 11 am. On purpose. And perhaps what is even more surprising, is that not only did I get out of bed on purpose…

Tuesday’s Lessons

[OUT OF THE CLASSROOM]  I recently moved inland to attend graduate school in a town about 57 feet above sea level with a population of 65,000—a 50 foot and 50 thousand person increase from my small, tsunami-risking town. It feels about 50 degrees hotter too. I arrived here with enough time before my Master’s/Credential program…