Category Archives: gratitude

Unanswerable

Dear Friend, Letters are the only way I can talk to you now. For six months I’ve tried to write about you, about what you have meant to me all the years of my life since I was seven. I’ve tried to write about your illness. Your cancer was such a bully. I don’t know […]

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It’s Summer, Don’t You Know.

School has ended for the year. (*Whew*) It was a great year. Moments were long. Months were short. At the end of every year, I have a tradition (all three years of my professional teaching life – I’m such a hack) of giving a “What Every Boy Needs To Know about Being a Man” speech. […]

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Making the Time

I’ve been learning. Studying about creativity at the feet of those who make it their mission to permit the rest of us to drink at the wells of creation. It’s a seriously joyful experience. (Want to try it? Watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s remarkable TED talk, here. Listen to her “Big Magic” podcast. Immerse yourself in all […]

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Judgment

So I had occasion this week to take a group of students to be judged. They are our school’s Sterling Scholars, a designation that implies excellence in scholastic endeavors and a focus in a particular category. These kids have spent the past six months working on educational portfolios full of 500-word essays. They’ve bought suits. […]

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Open Letter to the High School Kid who Played Ball with my Boy

Thank you. I’m not talking to the You who was my student, or the You who is a poet. Right now I’m talking to the You my boy watches at the varsity basketball games. The You who makes effortless three-pointers. The You who smiles and congratulates other players who play well – on your team […]

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Crazy-Amazing

Some days you want to forget, you hear me? And then there are days like yesterday. I never want to forget yesterday. Because Amazing, is why. So I got called down to the principal’s office, which is usually a good thing, but somehow it still has the power to make me a little nervous. (Full […]

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Family Christmas Letter, The 2014 Version

Hello, Dear Family and Friends! We have an update on our tiny, happy world: Jana (19) shows university no mercy. She’s super successful in all her BYU studies, and after earning top marks in her first-year classes was asked to work this year as a TA in the economics department. She’s learning plenty of life […]

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Blink, blink

So summer happened, as I imagine it did for you. It was lovely and not particularly long. Ireland in June. Everyone should try it. Take someone with you who is a confident driver. That was kind of important. Husband was a total pro. Fear not if you picture eating in Ireland to be a long […]

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