Life, What's New?

And switching back…

Don’t you hate it when a blogger starts one type of blog and then switches to another? And then after a long absence from posting anything at all, she switches back to the original idea? Oops.

In the case of Always Learning HQ, the site originated as my blog for coaching students on college admissions essays and sharing curriculum resources with other English literature and writing teachers.

Then my mom passed away, and I had many things to work through. I made a couple of posts here that were more personal. Now, however, as time has passed and direction is clearer, I’m moving back in the original content for Always Learning HQ.

The personal posts will migrate to a new blog that I am using to document our journey into empty nesting and exploring the next stage of life as our youngest goes to college this fall. I’m hoping that in a few weeks WeekFam HQ will be up and running with our adventures.

Our key word for this next stage: simplicity. I can’t wait!

Hello!, What's New?


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On June 1, 2018, I graduated from high school for the third time.

The first time, I earned my high school diploma.

The second time, I was eight months pregnant with my first child.

The third time, it was just time… for a myriad of reasons, most of them personal, but one of the biggest reasons for my most recent graduation is gaining flexibility in my schedule to take care of my aging mom. 

Today I find myself sitting in my home office, a table on the front porch, feeling that tug to get going on the new school year. It’s July, which is dip-your-toe-into-planning season for teachers, but this July, I’m not planning for next year.

Instead, I’m starting a blog and opening a store on Teachers Pay Teachers because second only to the magic that happens in the classroom, my favorite thing about the teaching profession is developing resources to use in the classroom and sharing them in collaboration with other educators.

I miss my students and their families and my colleagues, so I’m grateful for the digital company. Thanks for hanging out with me!