Years ago, right before an end-of-the-term field trip, my son brought home a notice from his middle school. The body of the letter included the usual information: dates, cost, arrival and departure times. But, the last line contained an ominous warning.
Some kids are happy that school is back in session. Others head for the classroom with some trepidation, but their reluctance is nothing compared to what Charlottesville author Erika Raskin feels each time she thinks about her days as a substitute teacher.
Years ago, before I decided to bite the bullet and embrace the soul crushing rejection that often goes with Being a Writer, I decided to try my hand at substitute teaching. I realized my mistake almost immediately.
If you’re like me you put off doing your taxes. You know that in the spring it’s not always easy to find a weekend that both you and your spouse can clear the table, sit down with the calculator and all the receipts, and do the tabulations to get the Form 1040 and accompanying Schedules A, B…filled in. To be quite honest I dislike having to get it done. How about you?
There’s an image that’s gone viral on the internet—spreading through social media and in-boxes around the world. This hand-made poster looks like it’s done as a real project, by a real child. It poses the question, “How much turmoil does the science fair cause families?” And then there’s the answer, weighing materials, results and findings. Charlottesville-essayist Deborah Prum explains her family’s approach to Science Fair Day.