Can you smell if your eyes are blurred? Can you eat if your nose is stuffed? Can you hear if your hands are cold? Can you feel if your mouth is closed? Can you see if your ears are clogged? Empathy, for a moment, please It's all we need



Teacher of the year, teacher of the year who deserves to be teacher of the year? Is it the newbie, struggling in solitude, toiling on lesson plans on a Monday midnight, pushed into submission by fellow teachers and students alike, ready to burst into flames on a moment's notice? Or the one who remains I … Continue reading Shame


Testing, one... two... three... Silence, Everyone silent This is a test, remember Take your test ticket, sign in, wait quietly; don't forget to be quiet, quiet as a bug, motionless and easily squished beneath pressure "How do Victor's actions develop the story's theme?" "Which detail from the text best supports your answer?" "How does this … Continue reading Test


What's out there? Is there anyone else around? Listen. What to hope for, what to dream for, a mystery to me Nothing on the horizon, the sun is all but gone Shambling from town to town, a forgetful husk waits for Fridays and Saturdays at the expense of his Mondays and Tuesdays When the weekend … Continue reading Future


Being independent means being able to say "No more," to friends who are toxic, to family who act numb, helpless, brainless, leeches sapping all your energy and good will, giving nothing in return But being independent means not owing anything to anyone any more Being independent means refusing to visit on holidays, refusing to acknowledge … Continue reading Independent