I grew up in a smoking household. When I was in school, my book bag and school supplies reeked of cigarette smoke; I remember the heat of embarrassment any time I flipped the pages of my notebook and the stench filled the air around me. At the time, I only associated the smell with the belief that ... » Learn More about Right Decisions Right Now
Parenting, marriage, faith, and funny (with a few rants thrown in for good measure).
Dear Ella, Even though you won't be reading or embarrassed by my blog for a few more years, I wanted to document your special day here anyway. Plus, the princess on your card took up all the room where I wanted to write, and I knew scribbling over Belle's face would be frowned upon. I cannot ... » Learn More about This is Six
I went on a date with Andrew McCutchen last week. By "date," I mean I rode in a truck that he graciously and generously donated to 412 Food Rescue. When Cutch heard 412 Food Rescue was raising money to buy a refrigerated truck to safely haul and deliver fresh food to those in need all over ... » Learn More about 412 Food Rescue
If you're lucky enough to live in or around Pittsburgh, you know the Cultural Trust is what keeps the arts alive and thriving in our great city. Pittsburgh's Cultural District is impressive in its own right, but when you learn the story of how it was transformed from a forgotten piece of downtown ... » Learn More about Giveaway! Children’s Theater Festival in Pittsburgh
I didn't have my own classroom at my previous brick and mortar teaching job. I hated every second of the traveling, mostly because I had cankles and could barely see my feet over my pregnant belly, but also because I don't like to share. One of my colleagues actually counted his pencils after I had ... » Learn More about 5 Things I Miss About My Traditional Teaching Gig