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September 27, 2021

Reader Feature: Building a Playlist for PD

Last fall, in anticipation of a dark, screen-filled winter ahead with a side of holiday loneliness, I built myself a Playlist. Not of songs, but a literal PLAY List: things to turn to when I needed a joy boost. Sidenote: Elena and I even talked…

September 4, 2021

Together Tradeoffs: Using Togetherness to Make Choices

Occasionally, Togetherness gets a bit of a rep for being inflexible. But we believe the opposite around here. As you’ve heard me say before, “The more planned you are, the more flexible you can be!” (PS I’m thinking I should print this on a…

May 25, 2021

When to Call It: I’ll Get It Together Tomorrow

As soon as the stick punctured R’s calf, I knew it would be a long night. The kids were happily skipping along a side street in Woodley Park en route to an evening of ice cream with my partner and his two children, when BOOM!, our plan was foiled…

March 7, 2021

Pivot the Plan: Burrito Brawls and Back-to-School

I don’t often use this space for personal posts, though I’ve tried my hand at it once or twice. Letting you all into my (sometimes not so) Together World is occasionally instructive, and it’s also good therapy for me, too. This week’s…

December 11, 2020

My Winter “Play” List

OK. It’s official. My doom scrolling habit has lingered post-election. While I’m beyond grateful for my health, I’m also aware that being a solo self-employed parent in a pandemic comes with just a wee bit of stress. I can feel the darkness…

February 27, 2018

Guest Post: Together Teacher Self-Care Menus

I only invite guest posts around here if I am positive it will add value to my Together readers. You all know I believe sustainability in your roles matters a ton. And your jobs are STRESSFUL. We have discussed how to manage that a bit here and…

October 16, 2017

Post-Performance Self-Care

If you’re reading this blog post, it’s likely you have a job that requires some level of performance, whether it be leading kids (teachers), facilitating big meetings (district peeps), or making it happen in high-stakes situations (you nonprofit…

May 30, 2017

Small Things that Help Me Feel Ready for the Week

Friends, I didn’t mean to go away. It has only happened a few times (here and here)! May was a WHIRLWIND of Teacher Appreciation Week, travel to Camden, New York City, Madison, and Oakland, my daughter’s seventh birthday, and a host of other…

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