I Need to Get Some Things Off My Chest

I'm breaking my blogging hiatus even though I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to break my blogging hiatus. But there are some things that have been happening in the world that have gotten under my skin and I would like to address those things, briefly. This will not be an award winning blog post that … Continue reading I Need to Get Some Things Off My Chest

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That Week I Spent a Day in Roanoke

It's not often that I feel nostalgic about the city in which I grew up. But I recently spent a week there, and as I drove around town, the nostalgia was so thick I thought I'd have to brush it away from my face. Yeah, I live in Blacksburg and I recently vacationed in a … Continue reading That Week I Spent a Day in Roanoke

Cyberbullying and Suicide

Disclaimer: I'm going to say some things here that will likely make me sound heartless and cruel. Please know that is not my intent. I welcome constructive comments and criticism and am willing to dialogue at the end of this post. I recently saw a report on the CBS Evening News about a New Jersey … Continue reading Cyberbullying and Suicide

Question of the Week #110

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else's paper, would you do so? No. Even if I didn't get caught, I'd still know I cheated. In the moment, my conscience might let me get away with it. But, long-term, there's no way I'd be able … Continue reading Question of the Week #110

Rewatching Buffy – Episodes 13, 14, & 15

Welcome to Rewatching Buffy, the part of the blog where I rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love this show 20 years ago. Time for season 2! In my opinion, this was the year when Buffy really hit its stride. … Continue reading Rewatching Buffy – Episodes 13, 14, & 15

All the Pizza

Maybe it's because I'm currently on Whole30 and life is basically miserable. But I've been thinking about pizza a lot lately. Because I can't have it. I miss it. I've said that already. I may be delusional. But in thinking about all the pizza I can't have, I've been thinking about all the different kinds … Continue reading All the Pizza

A Letter to My Third Grade Self

Dear 8-Year-Old Aaron, Greetings from 28 years in the future! Before you ask, no, there are no flying cars and you do not have your own jetpack. Disappointing, I know. You do have a car, though. And it gets great gas mileage, something you'll appreciate when you're older. You're getting ready to start 3rd grade. … Continue reading A Letter to My Third Grade Self

Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Throughout my work as a school counselor, I liked to post Facebook status updates which were not actually status updates at all. Instead, they were quotes from the kids I worked with at the elementary school on a daily basis. Some of them are a priceless kind of hilarious. Others are probably only funny to … Continue reading Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Sharp

Conner could feel how sharp the razor was as it scraped across his face. Shaving was such a hassle, but it was necessary. Especially today. He finished removing the stubble from his cheeks and chin and splashed water in his face. He took a look at himself in the mirror, just to make sure he … Continue reading Sharp

In the Words of a Non-Parent

Today's blog post comes as an idea from my friend Jessica. She suggested that it would be interesting to hear parenting advice from someone who isn't a parent. With as much time as I've spent among families and working with kids, she felt that I could offer some unique insights into the art of raising … Continue reading In the Words of a Non-Parent