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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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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The Senior Soundtrack Project

When my seniors in English 12 asked if they, as a class, could read my book, how could I refuse? It is literary non-fiction, which their standards specify. And they were asking–almost pleading—after all. I’m no dummy. Plus, what a cool opportunity all the way around. (Please note: I did not require students to buy […]

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Got a half hour to kill? Listen to this!

Here’s an interview I did with Kate Daniels, on “Inspirational Woman,” KRMW-FM, Warm 106.9 FM, in Seattle/Bellevue: (And if you’re really bored, count how many times I said “I did the research”…ick. These interviews are so hard to do–talk about having to think quickly!)

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Dear Readers of Permanent Marker: A Memoir,

Hi everyone!!! I just wanted to personally thank you for buying my book (or even borrowing it to read), and hopefully by now, a week-plus the book’s actual launch date, you’ve all had a chance to read it. (HOORAY!!!) If you have finished reading the book, would you please consider writing a review for it? (ESPECIALLY […]

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