A Brief (well, kinda) Beat Update…

As some of you may already know, I have been dealing (or trying to deal) with my sensitive bastard of a heart. I have had all the tests, met with cardiologists and electrophysiologists. And I have pretty much been told - deal with it, suck it up, you may have this forever so you need…

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Trying to Get Through This Rough Patch…

UGHHHHH!!! I just do not ever get a chance to catch up with my emotions. I can't seem to get a fucking break. I have been trying SO hard to come to terms with the heart issues...trying to accept them and learn to live with the symptoms. I know this won't happen over night. I…

Le Roy Students, PANDAS and Our Experience

In October of last year, we experienced something very strange and scary. I should say – I was scared…everyone else kinda blew me off. I didn’t talk about it at the time. I think I was just too nervous about what people would say or suggest. I was afraid of being accused of being overly…

The American Protest: Part Two (Patch)

  An anti-choice protester chaining themselves to a physician’s car is wrong, plain and simple. So is it not also wrong to shout obscenities at an official’s children? Vulgarly protesting the funeral of a fallen soldier is likely one of the most reprehensible acts imaginable, I am sure most of us can agree. I am…

The American Protest: Part One (Patch)

I have written in support of protesting. I have protested myself. And I fully believe in anyone’s right to protest. I think it can be effective and powerful. But recently, I have been unsettled over particular protesting tactics.  In full disclosure, I am apprehensive about writing this because it does speak against some of the…

The Great Ornament Heist of 2010 (Patch)

I have been hemming and hawing about this piece. I had a plan, but reconsidered. And it’s all inspired by tomorrow’s Downtown Racine Holiday Parade. We try to attend the downtown events as often as we can. Of course, most of those days are in the comfortable summer months, which is more appealing. But somehow, my…

Recall Walker – A Necessary Fight (Patch)

In February of 2011, I became aware of the so-called "Budget Repair Bill." I was informed of how it would affect teachers and at the time, that was enough for me to know it was wrong. But I learned more. I soon realized that this wasn’t only about our educators, but about all public union employees and the…