Holding on While Letting Go

Sunday night, 8:45’ish p.m. Jackson and I hop into my white CRV for a quick drive into town. I take the back roads fast in the mid-August evening air, both of our windows down so he can smoke. As I breathe in the woodsy, laced-with-cigarette countryside, nostalgia takes over, and for a brief moment, I […]

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Real Life Lessons from the Classroom

I like to bring the real world into my classroom—at least as much as I can—and when it was time for me to get down to writing a keynote address for the ASJA conference in NYC mid-May, I panicked. What would I tell this group of writers, who undoubtedly had more profound writing credentials than […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Aging Gracefully

Tomorrow, June 9, my beautiful daughters Jerrica and Natalie will turn 26 and 24 years old, respectively. When I was their age(s), I was in my first three years of marriage (and teaching) with a toddler and a baby, and my world revolved around changing diapers, finding where formula was the cheapest in the area, […]

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We(b Log) #52: By the Numbers

Today: May 31, 2018. I am 49 years, 4 months, 25 days, and 11 (and a 1/2) hours old. I just completed my twenty-sixth year of teaching high school English. I’ve almost been married to my second husband, Jackson, for four years now. Wow, that was fast. I have three children with my first husband, […]

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The Adventures of Mimi and Layla

I only got one look at that teeny, tiny, perfect little girl with ten fingers and ten toes and an angelic face before my world stopped. Just twelve hours ago, I met her: my firstborn daughter’s born-too-early daughter, Layla. With a middle name just like mine, Lorraine. Sigh. I can’t concentrate, I can’t read, I […]

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Writing out into the World

In just four days, Permanent Marker: A Memoir, will have its two-month anniversary of being out there in the world. I’m happy to report that, overall, it has gotten rave reviews, and if you don’t believe me—but you should—just check out Goodreads or Amazon (where we finally made it past the 50 mark—wahoo!). The most […]

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The Power of Story: for Ally

This week, as I have watched those around me come together in the wake of tragedy and sadness after losing you, so loved and so young, I’ve been reminded of the force that telling stories encapsulates over and over again. According to “The Psychological Power of Storytelling,” by Pamela B. Rutledge Ph.D., M.B.A. (Psychology Today, […]

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6 Things I Didn’t Realize Would Happen after Writing a Book

That I’d want to tell the whole world, every day, sometimes every hour, that I, Aimee Ross, an English teacher who loves books and authors and teaching about them, actually did something that I respect more than anything. In fact, I make my living from respecting it: OMG. I wrote a book. And it was […]

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My Bucket List

What else is there to do on a dreary April un-Spring-like day, but work on my writing? As I started sifting through files, I found my bucket list–the one I started with my students ten + years ago–and decided to organize and refresh it: fun! (I’d like to get to at least 50 items, though.) […]

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How I Fell in Love with Ricky Martin

From the outside looking in, I was living the perfect storybook life, married to my high school sweetheart and the mother of two little girls when I fell hopelessly in love—at first sight—with another man. I was in the heart of Europe—Warsaw, Poland—on a Holocaust study tour with fifty other teachers from around the United […]

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