• My Best Self

    Discovering the Difference Between Crucial and Critical

    The first month of school is often the hardest month in the life of a teacher, if you don’t count the last month of school, December, and testing months. This has been particularly true in 2020, as teachers scramble to figure out new procedures for in person and virtual instruction. Honestly, the best part of teaching from home is my cats and dog coming in and out of my office. The lesson that I am continually learning is how to differentiate between what is crucial and what is critical. It is an important distinction that is sometimes difficult to make because the definitions are so similar. For the sake of…

  • Effective Adulting,  My Best Self,  Our Very Fine House

    Better Living through Effective Adulting: Part 1-Care of the Environment

    One of the things the Fella and I did when the pandemic struck was start to look at our finances. We realized that a recession was coming and me being an old Millennial and the Fella being a young Gen-Xer we were impacted greatly by the last one. We weren’t together at the time, but we’ve commiserated on challenges that came with losing our respective jobs. We’ve watched our peers struggle to rebound from coming of age in a period of high unemployment. We realized that we needed to start taking steps to lessen the foot print that our bills make on our lives. We started looking for places to…