“I’m having a bad day,” I complained to my friend Memphis Paul, my friend and co-host of our mildly successful podcast “Talking Paragraphs.” I had him on speakerphone as I went through a drive-through window. I ordered a strawberry-banana smoothie. It’s one of those beverages that sounds healthier than it really is. I ordered itContinue reading “Living with anxiety: Smoothies help, but the ears of a good friend make for the best medicine”
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Meekly, I wade into middle-age melancholia
I’ve felt my age a lot this year. It goes beyond the pain in my arthritic knees or other physical foibles brought on by age. Every day I discover something I thought was solid has turned to liquid and I’m drowning in uncertainty. The words of the late Joan Didion haunt me; in the prefaceContinue reading “Meekly, I wade into middle-age melancholia”
Sick again? Can this new teacher catch a break instead of a virus?
My education career started sickly. First full week with students? COVID-19. Mandatory five-day quarantine. Fine. Back to work. I’m the teacher. I’m a learner. Things I’ve learned so far. I can make what I think is an eloquent point about Albert Einstein and people’s desire to make fun of other’s mistakes and I am mostContinue reading “Sick again? Can this new teacher catch a break instead of a virus?”