T.O.T.Week: creative outlets (cooking)

For so many years, I couldn’t justify the time that it took to make a simple egg sandwich at the expense of the ever-expanding urgency of my to-do list. All of the preparation, all of the clean up, all of the potential mishaps (NEVER put pita in the toaster), just for twenty minutes of myContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: creative outlets (cooking)”

T.O.T.Week: orphan stories

Orphan protagonists have a prominent role in storytelling, and I understand why. You may discover an underdog rising from the phoenix ashes (hello, Harry Potter), a circumstantial alliance of like-minded misfits (hello, Lost Boys of Peter Pan), or a good-over-evil triumph (hello, Matilda). It is our natural inclination to cheer alongside a protagonist that defiesContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: orphan stories”

T.O.T.Week: family vacations

Jewish folks love an exodus, and though the circumstances have shifted slightly from escaping biblical Egypt to a leisurely Florida sojourn, winter calls and we flock to the warmth. At least, that’s how it has always worked in my family. Yet much to my sister’s chagrin, we are not beach people. Cities work for TellsContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: family vacations”

T.O.T.Week: fresh starts

It’s not a unique take to find New Year’s Eve completely overrated. As someone who has experienced both the party-going glitterati and the hermit-in-pajamas retreat option, I am starkly in favor of the latter. I’m also a teacher, so for me, the new year starts when those little fourth grade feet enter my classroom forContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: fresh starts”

T.O.T.Week: sharing

I’m an “oldest sibling,” so the only time that I would have remembered not having to share would have been between birth and twenty-three months old…and that memory is shaky at best. However, this never bothered me. In fact, it made life a great deal more fun. My siblings and I have shared couch cushionsContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: sharing”

T.O.T.Week: modern retellings

I’m back! Seventeen student narrative reports later, I am thrilled to shift my focus back to these blog posts. However, I will credit the old saying that you never know where inspiration will strike, because this T.O.T.Week is a direct result of the books some of my students have been reading! When it’s done well,Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: modern retellings”

T.O.T.Week: choices

I hold choice in high esteem. My high school yearbook quote is a Dumbledore classic, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” It’s pretty wild to me that humans make thousands of little choices each day that lead to the sum total of who we become. Sure,Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: choices”

T.O.T.Week: birthdays

Today, I am thirty years old. I am in my thirties. I am entering a new decade of my life. And, truth be told, I have vacillated between excitement and dread as October 17th approached this year. In many respects, I am a deeply old soul whose 10PM personal curfew and proclivity for crossword puzzlesContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: birthdays”

T.O.T.Week: the family you create

Minerva McGonagall put it simply when she said, “While you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts.” Besides the fact that I can’t believe it’s been two months of blogging and Harry Potter is only now making its samepage appearance, I also recall this sentiment each time I journey throughContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: the family you create”