Why I Ran Away From Home

I love my home. I love my husband. I love my life. But two days ago, I took my dog and left it all behind. Let me explain. Teaching takes a lot out of you. Not only is it a lot of work, but it’s a lot of extroversion. You have to be ON allContinue reading “Why I Ran Away From Home”

Comfort in the Dark

[What follows is an anecdote from my experience at the Books with Bite workshop at the Highlights Foundation earlier this month. However, it is also the personal narrative I’m writing with my seventh graders (because I like to multitask). The story is true, but some details regarding other participants and the events they shared haveContinue reading “Comfort in the Dark”

My Cabin in the Woods: 5 Days at the Highlights Foundation

When most people hear Highlights, they think of colorful magazines strewn across end tables at doctors’ offices. They think of “Find It” pictures and Goofus & Gallant. They think of stories for children. But there is much more to the Highlights Foundation than just their seventy-year literary legacy, and I got a small taste ofContinue reading “My Cabin in the Woods: 5 Days at the Highlights Foundation”