When our freshman son told us he was going to try out for high school basketball last year, we rolled our eyes and laughed. The kid had never played real basketball. He dabbled in dribbling[…]
Mice Problems & Parenting Perplexities
My 14-year-old son just saved a mouse that my husband and I went to great lengths to kill today. Doesn’t that about just sum up parenting. We (teenaged son and I) both clearly see the[…]
Do You Have a Good Self-Esteem? Why?
Those two questions kind of threw me off yesterday. They were two in the midst of a gazillion that the foster care caseworker asked us to become certified foster parents. Turns out, when you agree[…]
That Time When I Got a Breast Cancer Scare, Two Foster Kids, and Covid-19
Hi. I thought I would just catch you up a bit — minus the Christmas card. We all know 2020 has been one of the hardest years of our lives. But the last three months[…]
The Libratory: A Labor of Love. Pandemic and All.
Four summers ago I began a little project called “The Libratory.” Let me back up. Hello, my name is Miranda. … and I’m a recovering workaholic. After almost a decade of teaching high school ELA/Journalism,[…]
Rethinking Remote Learning: Ephipany #1 – Blended Learning Needs to Happen. Right Now.
Welp. I have had the last six weeks to recuperate from the “Covid-Inspired Remote Learning” experience. I bet many of you have too. And after resting my brain for a good month, I’ve come[…]
Stop Blaming the Media
I published this column 12 summers ago. It seems more important NOW than it was then. There’s nothing that gets me going like a room full of people bashing “today’s media.” I’m fairly certain[…]
I Am a Racist
Hi, there. My name is Miranda. I’m a mama, teacher, Christian, and a racist. I didn’t think I was a racist before this week, which honestly, really solidifies the fact that I am one. How[…]
What We Did in the Libratory this Spring (And Check out Animoto for your Video Projects!)
Hi friends! So this spring I really got the chance to play around with the free version of Animoto. Animoto is a movie-making website, and it is the COOLEST. Plus, bonus: it’s easy and it’s[…]
Quarantine Confessionals: That One Time Everything Closed
Quarantine Day 56: Well, it’s been an interesting quarantine. I hate to admit it, but if I am being truthful, this was a sort of good time for my family. When everything closed: My Life[…]