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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I just want to do my job as a mom and a teacher

I just want to do my job as a mom and a teacher. I want to do what I can to support my family and teach children well. I don't want to have to research and speak up everyday because so many political leaders are not doing their jobs. Every day I have to research the words and acts of our president, words and acts that don't seem true or accurate. And, as you may guess, his words and actions are often not research-based, the result of good analysis, or directed toward the best interests of the American people.

Everyday his sound bites are alarming, worrisome, and distracting from the work I want to do. Everyday he threatens our safety and supports leaving us worried and unsupported. He is a threat to our freedom, our safety, our peace of mind, and he's added an extra job to every citizen's day--the job of researching to figure out what he says is true and what is not. There has never been a less trustworthy president in my lifetime.

I just want to do my job as a mom and a teacher, but we have a president who is not doing his job of good analysis, decision making, collaboration, and leadership leaving all of us with extra work to do each and every day. A troubling reality for every American who cares about our democracy and the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every person who lives in this country.

The Trump Show: Sounds Bites and Sensationalism

We can't forget that above all Trump is a marketeer whose mission is to put himself at center stage while increasing his wealth. He has little concern for most people and makes his decisions based on what will elevate his popularity and pocketbook. Nothing else matters.

He is shortsighted always looking for the quick fix and fast results with little regard for long term impact or harm. For example he'll do what he can to increase profits with little care about what that his decisions will do to our environment long term. Rather than study the issue of school shooting to see where and why this happens or put smart people who understand the issue well in charge, he simply finds a sensational solution that supports his NRA cronies which is to arm educators and militarize schools.

Trump doesn't really care about public schools or the children in those schools since he's done nothing to support those schools or teachers since he took office, and of course, his own children go to wealthy private schools.

A successful presidency to Trump is one where he is adored by many and profits greatly. He appears to have no deep allegiance to any cause other than his own pocketbook and popularity and the wealth and popularity of a few family members and cronies too.

I listened to his Parkland listening session, I was dismayed since he gave little real attention to students with good ideas and heartbreaking stories, but instead took considerable time to speak about his idea of arming teachers and militarizing schools--an NRA friendly idea, and an idea that will probably increase his NRA support in dollars, advertisements, and more.

To have Trump as President is to be part of a daily reality show where he trumps-up all that works to increase his popularity and wealth with little compassion, empathy, care, concern, creativity, or intelligence related to ideas and leadership that will really make our country strong.

He is so disrespectful to most of us, and this is disheartening each and every day.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


When you feel squeezed it's time to do something differently.

While raising young children and working full-time I was squeezed all the time. In hindsight, I wish I knew how to change the schedule to diminish that squeezed feeling. Looking back I wouldn't change what I did with and for my children, husband, students, and extended family, but I would lessen the expectations I put on myself for other efforts--efforts that created that squeezed feeling.

Now I know when that squeezed feeling starts to emerge. It's a feeling that you simply don't have the space or time you need to be your best self. When you start to feel it, it's time to make change.

We all have different squeeze quotients. Some of us require substantial space and alone time while others need far less. Some of us need specific locales too with regard to not being squeezed or squished--some spaces bring more peace and harmony than others.

Identifying the squeeze means you have time to make change or forge through it if it's worth it, and sometimes you do forge through because your sacrifice of time or effort is exactly what you need to do.