Light Thoughts

Spring Break is not shaping out as I’d expected. I mean, I still have exams to grade, but it’s like the time is slipping through my fingers like . . . something that can slip through one’s fingers at a fast rate. (I’m tired and I haven’t had any coffee, so you’ll just have to bear…

A Tale of Oil and Pie

It was the best of Mondays, it was the worst of Mondays. I’m on Spring Break – that magical time of the year where students interpret that term as meaning, “fun and random partying in Florida,” non-educators interpret it as meaning, “another paid vacation,” and teachers see it as “a chance to get caught up…

This Week

I’ve been away from the computer for nearly a week. Actually, that’s not true; I check e-mail because professionally, I need to do so.  Students and their problems don’t go away because I might want them to; for some of my students, I’m the closest thing they have to a father figure or an emotional…

College Bingo Card

I need to get away from the frustration and depression that is Baby Sis.  There’s just too much going on there for me to remain sane.  That’s an odd coincidence, because only recently, a former student asked me how I could even fantasize about staying sane, given some of the things I’ve experienced in the classroom….

The Great Potato Heist

Something interesting happened today, and I’m still not certain as to how I should – or if I should – deal with it.  Frankly, I’ve not had this sort of thing happen in a long time, so it could be that I’m just out of practice, and I need to find my rhythm.  I’m angry,…

The Early Bird

Today started off like most of my work days: I awoke long before the alarm sounded, I got myself cleaned, shaved, and dressed, and I made it out of the door before 7 am.  There’s no need for me to leave that early; I’ve been doing it for years to make such departures a regular part…

Windy Thoughts

It is windy here. I love seasonal windstorms.  Despite its roar, and the cacophony of noises outside from tumbling trash cans, mailboxes, awnings, and who-knows-what-else, I’ve always found the sound of a windstorm to be somewhat comforting, not too different from listening to a thunderstorm or some other white noise. It amuses me, too.  Despite…

Containing Anger

In the days since my last update regarding my sister, things have taken a bizarre turn. When I last wrote, she was in the intensive care unit (ICU), slowly recovering from a staph infection that nearly claimed her life.  All seemed to be good, but her heart rate was rather excessive, her blood pressure far…

Cheeseburger Soup

With all of the activity surrounding Baby Sis, I neglected to mention that I finally made that Cheeseburger Soup I’d been craving. You’d think that with a new kitchen, I’d be just a blur in there, whipping up a host of new dishes and desserts.  Well, no.  It’s been three weeks now and we still…

Pre-Dawn Digressions

It’s just after 5 am and, for the umpteenth-billionth time, I’m wide awake and unable to sleep.  I am just going to have to accept that this is my new normal, and that sleep is one more thing that will move into the realm of legend, like my mother’s Mississippi Mud Cake, because I’ll never…

Hope and Perseverance

Life can be funny, in its own way, of course. Last week, I happily reported how my Baby Sis was awake, coherent, talkative, and what-not.  Last week, I was busy pointing out how she’d been forced to the brink, yet emerged to fight another day.  Last week, I was excitedly writing that all was good….

A Welcomed Surprise

Last night, I received a telephone call regarding my sister. I’d visited on Wednesday (both before and after work), and I knew that she was no longer sedated.  I also knew that she was awake, competent, and slowly coming to terms with what had happened to her.  So when I got the call last evening, I…