Is That an Opinion, or Just a ‘Pre-fact’

I got the chance to re-run an old column in the paper on Sunday, May 20th. I wrote it in 2016, soon after the election, but sadly, all of it holds true today... "Merriam Webster's dictionary opened its arms to a host of new words in 2016: Aughties, snain, glitten and jockumentary being among my... Continue Reading →


What he said is NOT news…

...And neither is what she said, for that matter. Post Independent Article, April, 2018 I have eavesdropped on hundreds of hours of gossip in my adult lifetime. Possibly thousands. It is, unfortunately, an occupational hazard of teaching middle school. As adolescents, we all struggled to find our place in a complex social society, testing norms... Continue Reading →

Social Media is Bruising the Wilderness

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, October 3rd, 2016 We are leveraging the secret, beautiful places of the world for brand enhancement, and this is leaving permanent scars on both the land and our society. Let me start by saying that I am a part of the problem, too. For example, last weekend, my husband and I... Continue Reading →

the ‘J’ word

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, December 5th, 2016 I enjoy a good swear, occasionally, relishing the judicious application of a four-letter word. Badly stubbed toes, short green lights on a Monday morning and coffee spilled on a white shirt often call for something a little more potent than "darnit." I don't take personal offense to the... Continue Reading →

Listen to ‘The Other Side’

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 22nd, 2017. "It may make your blood boil and your mind may not be changed, but the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. It is essential for our democracy." This quote from a recently former president re-introduces an issue that is not new but which... Continue Reading →


Glenwood Springs Post Independent, September 25, 2017 Dear POTUS, Where have you been? No, literally, where have you been? Besides ritzy hotels, posh beach resorts and perfectly manicured golf courses, where have your journeys actually taken you? Have you been to the desert beyond the pavement? You would have seen towering spires of red sandstone,... Continue Reading →

Educating the Undocumented- Our Best Mistake

Post Independent Article: 12/1   I was recently informed that our government is making a mistake. Surprise, surprise. This particular mistake, according to my source, is that our nation routinely gives away free public education to the children of undocumented immigrants — a huge drain on our already overburdened school system because these families “don’t... Continue Reading →

What We Call Teachers: The Rhetoric of Martyrdom

Glenwood Springs Post Independent October 16, 2015 Across our drama-hungry nation, the media is abuzz with reports of the country-wide ‘teacher shortage.’ Columnists, anchors, and NPR murmerers are eloquently wringing their hands and pointing their fingers at a variety of causes, as school districts sink further into ‘crisis.’ Here in our valley, this issue has been... Continue Reading →

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