This Post Is NOT about the Coronavirus; Pinky Nail Promise

I am not going to write about Covid-19, because I’m trying not to think about it. I am also not going to write about the March-school blahs, because I’m trying to avoid them. And I am certainly not going to write about “The Bachelor” and the stupid way the entire season went, complete with radio […]

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Forget Frugal February: It’s a Frivolous First of the Year!

I don’t know what’s happened to me, but we’re only eleven days into February, and I can’t seem to stop making unnecessary purchases. My friend Jill made “no spend January” a thing and saved a bunch of money, and now my daughter Natalie is trying out a “frugal February.” In both cases, the idea is […]

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Bodies of Work: My Take on Shakira and JLo’s Halftime Performance, Because Why Not?

“Raunchy.” “She was on a stripper’s pole for God’s sakes.” “Disgusting.” “Lopez and Shakira are vile.” Ladies, ladies, ladies—of Facebook posts my daughter sent me, Tweets I read online, or comments I overheard from teens in my classroom—were you watching the same halftime show that I was? I mean, seriously. Which of any of you […]

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Long Time, No Blog

Thanksgiving came and went. Sis and her family visited. I cooked. Lots of Mimi time. I love Mimi time. Christmas lights up, Christmas tree up, but no Christmas shopping. The one day I tried without Jackson, I bailed. Too many people around stress me out. Or maybe it’s noise. Maybe just me. For the few […]

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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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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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