This Year’s Senior Project: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I am the senior class advisor this year. The last time I was in charge, our tragi-comedy Othello, with an all male cast (shout out!), rocked the house—and not one, but two! nights in a row! Will I be able to outdo myself this year? Will the class of 2019 beat the class of 2015 […]

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13 Things about Permanent Marker, My Memoir, That You May Not Have Known

The memoir developed out of my MFA’s thesis manuscript written between the summers of 2012 and 2014, but the very first piece I wrote that made it into the book was done the winter of 2011, just months after the accident. After getting my degree, I let it all simmer for another two years until […]

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Take Two

This week, my three-minute video response for being named a top 20 National Teachers Hall of Fame finalist is due, so I thought I’d share here.  If you’ve come this far, go ahead and give it a look. If you remember, I made it into last year’s finalists, too: top 10, even. Since I was […]

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Update: 16 Random Things about Me, Ten Years Later

What you are about to read was originally published on Facebook on January 24, 2009, at 7:48 p.m. I had just turned 40. It is now February 2, 2019, and I am publishing this on my website at 6:07 p.m. I have just turned 50. I will revise each of the 16 to match who […]

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Scars: The Treasures of Breakage and Reparation

Scars are defined as marks left on the skin or within body tissue where fibrous connective tissue develops to support and bind as a wound heals. Scars can fade, be covered up or even be surgically altered, but they can never go away. Scars remain. Scars remember. And everyone has at least one. * I […]

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UPDATED: Eek! Finally! My TV Debut! What?

Jan. 21 update: The roads this morning were horrible, so hubby turned the car around brought me back home. We will be rescheduling my debut TV appearance sometime next week, and I will keep you all posted! Spread the word, share the news, and set your DVRS! I will be making my television debut this […]

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An Open Letter to Ricky Martin on the Occasion of My 50th Birthday

Dear Ricky, I am 50 years old today. Certified gold. And in honor of that, I was hoping to maybe get a personal birthday shout-out. Just like that gorgeous commercial made several years back where you sang “Happy birthday.” The one I posted from YouTube to my Facebook wall this morning. Maybe you could do […]

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The Ghosts of Grief

Lately, I just can’t shake this dull, overwhelming sadness that has attached itself to me. Like some annoying, intractable specter hanging about. Losing my loved ones. Impending doom. The fear of death and the unknown. Grief for what is yet to come. The thoughts cloud my brain, tugging at happiness. They beg for attention. Stop […]

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Guest Blog: The Ghosts of Grief

Life this past year has presented many simultaneous moments of both joy and heartache. It’s been strange. Sometimes difficult. And I’m sure it’s because of a multitude of reasons. Join me in thinking about those, won’t you? Jump on over to my newest piece of writing, “The Ghosts of Grief,”  on The Grief Dialogues, where I am […]

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An Open ANGRY Letter to All the Jerks Out on the Roads at Night: Yeah, Maybe YOU

Warning: Angry Aimee Ahead. Read at your own caution and with the knowledge that sometimes her language gets, uh, colorful, when she is riled up. Dear People Who Drive at Night and When It Is Dark: (Please note, I started with “dear.”) Remember that there are other drivers also on the roads who have serious […]

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