I didn’t realize the gravity of my decision when I agreed to allow our daughter to foster kittens.
When Kari proposed the idea, her father was a barrier to overcome. He dislikes cats. But when the fourteen-year-old tilted her head slightly to the right, flashed her crooked smile, and batted her eyelashes, Dad crumbled. The first couple litters of kittens grew and found forever families.
But Janey was different. She was an older cat who arrived in our home wounded and abandoned. She walked with a limp after a veterinarian inserted a metal rod to repair a broken leg. Kari…
Bronchitis infected my lungs annually when I taught, sometimes twice. As a teacher, within one day 160 students entered and exited the doors of my classroom, many sniffling, coughing, and sneezing. I knowingly continued to teach because that was my job, my passion, my calling.
Though teachers experience this reality every year, this year is different. This year, they are walking in the school building knowing that each cough, every sneeze, releases an explosion of thousands of droplets that spray in multiple directions carrying germs that may be deadly.
We just got a phone call that another longtime friend has passed away from COVID. Damn!
At first sadness filled my heart for loved ones. Then I became angry because I know he chose not to be vaccinated saying he didn’t need it. Next, my nerves began to sizzle thinking about the danger surrounding us. This shit is real!
Last week 5 neighbors got sick so now I wait to see how it will affect me because yes, I was in proximity at the homeowner’s association meeting. We met outside and kept our distance, but the mystery of this disease…
I recall the emotions associated with dating. At the age of 17, dressed in only enough clothes to cover the essentials, with cold drinks in hand, Randy, my boyfriend then, my husband now, and I prepared for the three-hour rafting trip.
Just before getting in the water, he offered to rub suntan lotion on my back. Fear struck me because as with most teens, acne covered my face and shoulders. I wore my hair long, to cover the ugly, red pimples. …
A smile covers my feelings
Nothing seems to matter
Pulling me down
With each day my smile grows
“I am fine,” I say
Pulled by the darkness
of a damp hole
unable to crawl out
Dazed to my core
ready to explode with
like an open, shaken soda
Empty of contents
The easiest way out is to
let go of the
The smile fades
My façade is void
My silent words scream
I have a final plan
People are important to me
I have wasted hours sharing Medium posts on social media. No, it is not a waste of time to share your writing, but there is a tool to increase efficiency.
If you are going to dedicate time to writing, create a system to share your words with the world. My system has been a work in progress but with refinement, I am learning to quickly share articles on social media.
I began by identifying the main topics of my essay: writing, parenting, education, pets, and health. …
Brenda Mahler is a retired educator with 34 years’ experience. As an English teacher and administrator, she learned about the life of teens from her students as a silent observer. She values memories of the students who taught compassion, the value of overcoming challenges, and the need to compromise. Her passion for teaching grew each year as she realized the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of others. Lockers Speak allows the voices of youth to speak their truths.
Lockers Speak was published on Amazon June of 2021. So far it has mostly been read…
Parents ask this question of kids who have made bad decisions. Of course, the response is usually, “No.”
Unfortunately, teenagers do make bad decisions that adults usually blame on peer pressure or lack of maturity. Both reasons may be true, but did you know teenagers’ brains are still developing?
The first step to empowering youth to make positive choices is to share the research with them. Kids can be logical thinkers when presented with information. However, as parents know, they can be rebellious when backed into a corner.
What we see does not always align with the the perspectives of others. There are many layers to a person’s personality and even those are ever-evolving. Even when siblings love each other, there is a natural pull that creates tension in a relationship. These poems are reminders that what is observed on the outside does not define a person.
Thank goodness Brandon will graduate
I am so tired of being compared to him
I can’t even begin to compete
and why would I want to
He’s my brother
When he walks into the room,
girls’ heads turn
Writers go to great lengths to gain the attention of readers. We work and rework titles, submit them to online title analyzers, add adjectives, and eliminate wasted words. The process of scanning through images often requires more time. And all writers understand the power of literary devices as we strive to apply alliteration, expand facts until they circle the rim of hyperboles, and develop imagery so the audience can walk in our shoes.
Until recently, I never understood the power of a name. While scrolling through posts, my cursor randomly paused on one by Chrissy Teigen. Tempted by irrational deception…