Category Archives: Careers

One Teaching Evaluation

During one my years as a high school English teacher, I was assigned three sections of English 12. Those seniors liked to visit, tell stories. At a football game, when the boys in my classes were running down the field and I cheered them on, I realized I liked them. I wasn’t just being professional […]
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Go. Greet.

This morning I will be gathering courage. Willing myself to be open to possibility at a conference for thousands like me. Greetings and how do you do? I will say to these writers and publishers and people who love writing. I will go to each panel discussion, and take in expertise, and I will grin […]
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What Mr. Barth Said

Mr. Barth had a reputation for using class time for personal stories and jokes. He often sat in a chair near the door of our department English office ready to chat with whoever was there. He liked to laugh. He wore plaid shirts and jeans, dark rimmed glasses. He kept his graying beard short, on […]
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RocKin’ the Ka Sound

When my daughter would introduce herself to an adult we just met, it often consisted of three steps. Corrigan saying her name, me saying her name, and the adult saying her name again. It would sound like this: Clerk in a Gift Shop: You’ve been such a good helper to Mommy. Would you like a […]
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Even Parents Get Job Reviews

Some days I’m pretty good at my job as parent. I make meals my bosses are surprised they like (i.e. ham and bean soup). I help them–without any sarcastic commentary–find their lost items. I have their laundry washed and waiting when they wake. Most days I’m thankful my job doesn’t include a formal performance review. […]
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