During the five years my best friend Kelley battled cancer, we had an unspoken agreement to walk on Wednesdays. On the track or treadmill, in the neighborhood or around the lake, at the hospital or at the gym, if it was Wednesday, we walked. In the same years Kelley endured extensive cancer treatments I underwent […]
Hanging out with students is better than coffee. And chocolate. And YES, I know exactly what I’m saying. Teenagers get a bad rap. Sometimes for good reason, but other times for no reason at all. I happen to be both impressed and inspired by some of the students in my life. And their passion and […]
He didn’t want to go to school. Not a surprise, since the “I’m done with school” mood usually starts in February and it’s now APRIL, which means the mood has been brewing for a full two months. I’ve tried to cheer him up, pointing out all the great stuff about school (i.e. recess, Thursday pizza […]
I watched this video again today. It feels like a gut punch every time. To the incredible youth I hang out with, I refuse to believe you are part of a lost generation. I see you doing things differently. And I’m proud of you. Because the truth is … we need you.
I asked someone two days ago to tell me his greatest need. Not a grandiose lifelong need, but his greatest real need. Right now. This moment. I didn’t expect his answer: “Calmness.” Being that I’m in his life, I couldn’t help but wonder if I am, on the whole, meeting his need for calm, or […]