An intermittent reflection on another 182-day adventure, part one

First official day of class, September 2, 2021

Things my students said today:

  • I want to be part of the newspaper club. But I don’t want to write. I want to join for the conversation.
  • Miss? Miss? Miss? Miss? Uh. I…

Despite our craving for human connections and intimate relationships, we really need our space

Nick Grindell to Tom Barrett: This town ain’t big enough for the both of us. If I see you in Carabinas by this time tomorrow, it’s you or me!

The Western Code, 1932

Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: That moon ain’t big enough for the both of us. If…

The promise of extreme longevity can make you wish you were dead

Since 2016, I have been sharing a video with my broadcast students featuring a live television interview with a lovely woman named Flossie Dickey. Flossie died about nine months after the news report which aired on her 110th birthday. Her longevity earned her the distinction of Washington state’s oldest resident…

What I learned about lying in Kindergarten

Anthony held the distinction of being the person most likely to be banished to the time out zone which, in Miss Humphrey’s afternoon kindergarten class, was just a corner in the darkest part of her otherwise lively and colorful space.

It seemed that he was perennially in this Kinder-Siberia, looking…

Let it go, and other tips for couples working from home

I’m scrambling an egg for the dog. The coffee is percolating, and my husband’s laptop is pinging. Do you want some juice, he asks as he pours his own.

I say, No, thanks, but I am not surprised when he pulls out a second glass, pours a short orange juice…

Doreen Picozzi

Former journalist, former press secretary to a public official, now teacher of high school journalism and English, devoted wife, and mom of a true gentleman.

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