Putting Relationships First in School Reentry

Putting Relationships First in School Reentry

This column was originally published in The Salem News on April 1, 2021. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” It’s a familiar phrase once offered as an unfortunate playground defense to resolve social conflict. This statement’s...
Asunder

Asunder

I hate that quilt Despite its comfort. Sown with secrets, truths, imperfections filaments of acceptance Once a cape I soared in its splendor. Laughter, companionship, A proud patchwork of inimitable patterning Once a blanket I wrapped myself in its warmth. Soft,...
“Just Do Your Best.”

“Just Do Your Best.”

This morning marked another turning point in my recovery. It was my first taste of running with pace changes since my injury. I had been nervous about this run since last Sunday when I received and read my plan for this week. My eyes caught the expectations, and my...