I don’t do resolutions, but if I did

2016 is my year of working more than hoping. I'll drink to that.

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My latest excuses for not blogging

In yet another attempt to make blogging a more regular habit, I will outline the regular habits that have all come before blogging for the last month. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? So here are the top five activities and habits that most frequently come before blogging in order of how hard …

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The question I didn’t know pool toys were the answer to

"Even when everything's going your way, you can still be sad. Or Anxious. Or uncomfortably numb. Because you can't always control your brain or your emotions even when things are perfect." Jenny Lawson in her new book, Furiously Happy My brain decided it was about time to remind me of this truth last week, even though I had …

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A New Zealand sea lion, endangered. Photographed by me on New Zealand's South Island in 2011.

There’s more to “The Environment” than climate change

The overarching narrative of climate change cannot replace the localized stories of environmental degradation being written all over our Earth. Climate change is such an extensive problem that even many who acknowledge its causes are too frozen to act on it. All of us are responsible to varying degrees, and there is currently no one capable of forcing the …

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The Substitute

Check out my essay on Vox Populi, a forum for discussion of contemporary events and politics! We would really like to hear from everyone who has a thought, theory, or experience related to today’s youth, especially if you have suggestions for improvements to the social and educational spheres we bring them up in!

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I am not a teacher. I haven’t taken a single class on education, let alone made it through the testing and observation required to be a public school teacher. I am an underemployed BA-clutching young woman who paid the bills working as a substitute teacher in Pittsburgh when I couldn’t take another day at my call center job.

People who spend enough time with children can attest to our young’s ability to brighten a rainy day, to say something that makes you laugh out loud every time you remember it, to give you hope for the future. This isn’t about those moments.

Every day as a substitute teacher was an exercise in overcoming my aversion to things like crowds, loud noises, and disrespect. I can proudly say that I have not hidden in a bathroom between classes since my first day teaching in the city, but the way students as…

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Why the schoolgirl kidnapping was not high on the Nigerian government’s agenda, and what’s going on now

In the middle of the night on April 14th, hundreds of militants descended on a girls’ school in the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok. After killing the guards and setting the school ablaze, the parade of pickup trucks and motorcycles disappeared into the Sambisa forest, and with them nearly 300 young girls. The girls had …

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Are we sending our kids to increasingly fatal schools, or are school homicides on the decline?

I have yet to come across anyone who claims that violence in schools is something to be proud of - and I would run the other way if I did. Students, teachers, school administrators, law enforcement personnel, and the general public would all like to see less of it. Great! We agree, so now we …

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Newsem of the Week: US and Global News That Rhymes

In Weather: 34 have been killed across the US By several tornadoes causing phenomenal distress. In sports: a recording of Donald Sterling left the NBA dismayed By the outright racism the LA Clippers owner displayed. Vermont is poised to become the first state to require That genetically modified foods be labeled for the buyer. California's governor links …

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Feline Friday Special Edition: How To Pack Your Kitten

This week Lieutenant Pumpkin shows us her favourite ways to travel! The car is way cozier from inside a tote bag, she advises.   When preparing your suitcase, always pack your socks before your kittens. And don't you dare put that suitcase away when you're back! It's mine now. We left the suitcase on the floor …

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