Goal: $2,000. Please, just one last nudge over that hill

Dear friends and supports, I come to you the last time with an urgent request for financial assistance. And I mean last time. I start work as a sixth grade teacher at May Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines on Aug. 11. I would have never gotten this far without the help all of youContinue reading “Goal: $2,000. Please, just one last nudge over that hill”

When the pain doesn’t go away

If the opioid crisis has taught us anything as humans — and there is no guarantee that it has — it’s that we need to manage pain rather than try to eliminate it. I have osteoarthritis in both my knees. I tore the meniscus in my left knee more than a year ago. I’ve notContinue reading “When the pain doesn’t go away”

A throughly restless spring break

One day, hopefully soon, I will write an update and it will be lovely. I’ll talk about my new teaching job and how I’m looking forward to it. I’ll go on about how well my arthritic knees are responding to aquatic therapy. I might have even lost a few pounds. Surely my mental health willContinue reading “A throughly restless spring break”