JoJo Rabbit: A Must See. Promise.

“That’s just not right,” Jackson said after I showed him the trailer for Fox Searchlight Pictures new movie, JoJo Rabbit, which came out October 18, 2019. He was, of course, referring to the movie’s comic rendering of Nazi behavior and caricature of Adolf Hitler himself. And I admit, I was a little skeptical of such […]

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Review: The Devil Next Door

Recently, Jackson and I watched the Netflix Documentary Series (just out in October) about former Cleveland resident and alleged Ivan the Terrible, John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk has been dead for more than seven years now, but his story certainly lingers on. As a teenager of the 80’s I can remember hearing his name on the nightly […]

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On Re-Vamping and Re-Amping (Up) My Teaching: A First Quarter Reflection

One—almost—down, and three more to go. No, not glasses of chardonnay, people. Ahem. Grading periods. Nine-week grading periods. The first one of my twenty-eighth year of teaching will end this Friday. So I thought I should spend some time reflecting on it and my new class of seniors: The Class of 2020. The class with […]

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Donate Here to Help a Writer Out. No, Really. Not Kidding.

Got your attention? Want to donate to my cause? Read this post, and then leave your best advice in the comments. Those are the kind of donations I need right now. I wish this post was about “How Aimee Got Her (Writing) Groove Back,” but it isn’t, dammit. I’ve lost my writing mojo. The sauce […]

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The Body I Once Lived In

Once upon a time I lived in a body so uncomfortable with maturing that it wore a skin-tight undershirt to bed for more than two years after outgrowing it. It held that body close and together. Once upon a time I lived in a body so skinny that it could be at the very top […]

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I Want to Write a Children’s Book

There I said it–er, typed it. Now I need to just get started. I know I want it to be a picture book. And I know I want it to be for children 2-8. I also know I want to write about my cat Izzy and her adventures. I just did some very brief research […]

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Lasts . . . and Lasts

The following is another writing exercise from my class with writer Abigail Thomas. Do you have any guesses as to the assignment? “Anyone want to place bets on how long my Stanley Steamed, freshly cleaned carpets will last? The last of the birthday ice cream cake for Jerrica, 27, and Natalie, 25. Our last teenager […]

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Why Hasn’t Aimee Been Blogging Lately? An Update.

Today, June 5: the third day of my summer vacation. Aaaah. I’m still not fully recovered from the last days of the school year with seniors—phew—but I do already miss them. Four flower beds have been weeded and planted, but not mulched yet, shoot. And another very large couple of flower beds need my attention […]

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We Can’t Just Remember, We Have to Act

As I pulled in to the parking lot of the synagogue this past Sunday, I noticed not one, but two, city police cars parked at either end. I was caught off guard, but only for a split second. Of course. Places for religious worship used to be safe havens. So were our schools. Theaters, too. […]

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