Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Gifts

Teachers are blessed with trinkets of love and gratitude throughout their careers, especially those who get to work with the young ones. My friend, who taught upper elementary and middle school, used to make me laugh and ooh over her … Continue reading

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Listening In

I tuned in to their conversation when I heard him ask the other one about family. Mr. S., I had gleaned through eavesdropping and his essays, felt like a victim of poverty and “the street.” While I couldn’t yet decipher … Continue reading

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It’s a Date

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers? If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? Over the weekend my mother-in-law … Continue reading

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The Collective Imagination

I used to think it was just me. In high school, for two years, I naively thought my name never came up on the rumor mill because I never did anything to excite attention. Maybe that’s precisely why my name … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Steal

It should go without saying that as a teacher in a prison I have to guard against theft. Before I had to rearrange my room I kept these opportunities to a minimum. Sure, I lost the occasional pen, lots of … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown

“We have 11 more days!”  “Until what?” Eleven days just wasn’t equating to my reality. “MISS! Until the end of the world.”  “Oh, yeah. It’s fifteen days until Christmas… and now that I think about it, I’d prefer to have … Continue reading

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Tugging At My Sleeves

I forgot how tiresome they can be: “Miss, I need to drop a class.”  “Miss, I want to change jobs. Do I talk to you?” “Miss, where’s my resume I wrote in your class?” “Miss, can I come use your … Continue reading

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A Secret Sin

Lucy was preparing the semester in her typical fashion, scouring the internet for new materials for the books she teaches and then making mounds of copies. We all try to ignore her on these occasions, but she must get bored … Continue reading

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What Do Children Deserve?

If you could see them in their uniforms, clean-shaven, free of facial rings, with short hair you wouldn’t see them as thugs. A lot of them clean up nicely. It’s easy to be deceived. Then there are those you know … Continue reading

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For The Love Of The Game

During our monthly review day I learned that his father was dieing of cancer. The Lt. asked if Dad could come for a visit, and Mr. F. just shook his head. “It’s not fair,” he said, “he’s done so much for … Continue reading

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