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“You don’t get me!” his 15 year-old sons screams hurled through the door. The ensuing banging noise told him that, currently, his son was destroying his room. 44 more words

Micro Fiction

Tell Me A Story

I woke up this morning to find pictures on Facebook of my son’s car being towed from LAX.  Later I will call him and say, “Tell me a story about your car,” and he will begin, “Okay, so I was at the airport. 420 more words

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Raising teens?

10 Tips for raising teens without losing your sanity. A sense of humor is so important! And if you’re in the thick of this right now, run – don’t walk – and go get a copy of… 6 more words

Favorites From the Archives: "The Fairly Quiet Hour" (AJ 2013)

                                   Alligator Juniper, 2013, Student Winner: Creative Nonfiction

After it appeared in AJ, “The Fairly Quiet Hour” was selected for inclusion in plain china,  5,320 more words


Ray Yanek reblogged this on Writing the Rails and commented:

Haven't posted in awhile, but I read this piece from E.L. DeLeo that was published in a 2013 edition of Alligator Juniper and found it worth sharing. The piece is a memoir of a time DeLeo spent in a mental institution when she was 16 and it's a fine piece of writing. What's more important though, are the questions the memoir should raise in us as teachers. As teachers, are we more like the employees of the hospital, or surfers on the beach? Think about it. Would love to hear your thoughts and talk about this so please leave a comment!

In Praise of Parents

“I know I need to let her be more independent in middle school, but it feels like she needs me now more than ever!”

When  344 more words

Summer Night Slopes of Adolescence (formerly summer nights and golf courses)

Although I’m a hacker (golf, mind you); my fondest memories on a golf course occurred many years ago in the southern part of the golden state in a green hills part of lost angels in the south bay right along the coast. 3,304 more words

You Can Complain about the Problem. . .

“I broke my pencil.”  The student looked expectantly at me.

“I see that,” I said.

“I can’t do my assignment with it.”

“You know, you’re right.”  I waited. 234 more words

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