Mean Girls = Mean Women

The other night, a woman I know leaned in, quite conspiratorially, and all but “Pssst!” in my ear as she asked a question that could only be identified as bait. Slimy and smelling of fish, it was a question I knew she already had the answer to, yet with eyebrows raised, she asked me to provide her with sensitive information about another woman in our circle of acquaintances. When I turned away from her unappetizing hook, she shrugged and went […]

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The world is NOT your oyster.

Nor is it your preferred cut of filet mignon, Eggs Benedict or five-star vegan restaurant (should that be your cup of protein).  It is a sad statement for you to hear, I know, but you’re just going to have to deal with the fact that the people you keep referring to and/or pointing at — you know, the ones who not only aren’t catering to you they aren’t even considering you — probably aren’t going to, at least not any […]

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I know you are, but what am I?

Bullies.  Not a fan.  No, sir — don’t got a bit of use for ‘em.  As a mother who watched both of her kids go through junior high, I have to say it seems as though that middle school/ junior high is where most bullies are hiding.  In plain sight.  In huddled packs in the quad and against hall walls.  There are a lot of theories about what goes into the creation of a bully.  One of my favorites involves […]

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Ideas, events and people

This past weekend I held my Annual Music Tea where my students get the opportunity to perform for one another.  Moms, Dads and Grandparents (and the like) are allowed to come, but the event is really for the kids.  Those who have been working with me for awhile inspire the beginners and the newbies (the youngest is 5) give the old-timers (the oldest being 20) a chance to see how far they’ve come.   It is always fun for me […]

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Junior High Lessons x 2

Junior high.  A time in life where a young person learns a lot of things.  Vitally important things, as a rule.  My son, who is enrolled in the autism special education unit at his junior high school has learned two very important lessons so far this year.  Well, we both have actually.   Lesson #1   Pacing for a full week around the first week of February, my son kept muttering about bullies, day-after-day with no definitive details to speak […]

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