During a 45 minute elementary classroom observation today, I was treated to a theatrical, energetic ELA teacher with an obvious love for what she does. The children, 23 of them, were dissecting their recent chapter of Treasure Island while learning about character development, building imagery with words, prequels vs. sequels, and how the opinions of [...]
Yesterday I took a road trip to Augusta, GA, with my Mom and Dad. And the best part of a road trip with 70somethings? Decades old memories that arise. Especially as we were squeezing through some big rigs doing 80 down I-20. DAD: “Hey you think those truckers still talk on CBs?” ME: “Hrmm.... it’s [...]
Looking for ways to impact the Columbia, SC, area but aren’t sure where to start? Check out Lisa’s latest article, Volunteering: Matters of the Heart, in Reach Out, Columbia magazine.
It was 5:15 pm on a cold Friday in early November. I had spent about 4 hours at the kids’ school that day (2 different trips), with ever present 3 year old Juli by my side. Kevin had just arrived home from his shift with the power company. I hadn’t seen him since the night [...]
She giggles and calls herself “Mama’s Backpack”, happy to hop on and tag along wherever I go. She never complains. Seldom cries. I can count on two hands the number of meltdowns she’s ever had. She’s obedient to the point that it’s humorous. And a tad frightening. Perhaps the universe just took mercy on me [...]
The clock on the microwave read 7:23 am. Three year old Juli, wearing bedhead and a night tee, walked up and whimpered “Somssing...hurt...me.” She tried to crawl in my lap. Then stopped. Dressed in a night shirt, I was rummaging around an overflowing laundry basket hunting pants for my 7 year old because she grew [...]
Ten years ago today I was a new SAHM, nine weeks pregnant with my first baby, Jack. I have no idea what I did on Oct. 18, 2007. Probably went to the fair. Wrote a blog post. Cooked baked spaghetti. All of the “firsts” of pregnancy and early motherhood were ahead. It was exhilarating. And [...]
Beyond grief, jealousy may be the darkest emotion to stumble upon. And with furious fighting, faster bleeds the wound. Sept. 30, 2007: CSD, a national deaf communications non-profit, finalized SC layoffs. The next few days were spent packing up equipment alongside Juli, my boss. "GA to SKSK" she joked, spouting insider slang. Snapping one last [...]