The Project

The spring of my junior year of undergrad, my boss at the time Dr. Robert Pyne met two women for lunch. These two women – teachers, mothers, and now grandmothers – came with disappointing news. An education program they had founded and championed for more than 15 years was ending officially, and they were heartbroken. … More The Project

A Mask in the Woods: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park (10.7 miles)

When I was around ten, my dad had this great idea to backpack 12 national parks in 12 months with my brother and me. We were going to go all over the Midwest with me recording our journeys on a Flip video camera and my dad writing about it on a blog. Fourteen years and … More A Mask in the Woods: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park (10.7 miles)

Rank Choice Voting Could Invigorate Democratic Primary

The overwhelming feeling of the upcoming Democratic Primary race is dread. Despite Super Tuesday (when nine states in the US will hold their primaries, newly including California) being 199 days away, we all seem to be dragging our feet toward the ballot boxes. When I talk to people about the primary, the consensus is that … More Rank Choice Voting Could Invigorate Democratic Primary

Triathlon

When I was fourteen, my parents twisted my arm until I signed up for high school track. They said “it will be a good way to get in shape for swim season,” and as a freshman in high school I didn’t know yet that I didn’t really care about being in shape for swimming. I … More Triathlon

A Health Food Journey

In the beginning of the school year, I had a health scare that resulted in a week of stress, early mornings, long calls to doctors, and ultimately a last minute seven-hour drive to Wisconsin on a Thursday night to make a Friday morning oncology appointment. My symptoms? Exhaustion, a nagging cough, bruising, and infections that … More A Health Food Journey

Classroom Euphemisms: Teaching Civility as a Habit

Like so many other teachers, I constantly hear curse words and insults flung around in my middle school classroom by students who are testing their boundaries and acting on hormones. This has escalated, I think, since 2015 and 2016 when even the country’s leaders were using rude nicknames, cutting one another off, refusing to listen, … More Classroom Euphemisms: Teaching Civility as a Habit

Long-Term Thinking Part 2: The Parole Board

In Part 1, I introduced the idea of crimeless revocations and how re-incarcerating individuals for breaking the rules of parole or supervision as much as Wisconsin does is costing the state tens of millions of dollars every year. By reserving incarceration for only new crimes, we could use that money for new social workers and … More Long-Term Thinking Part 2: The Parole Board

Long-Term Thinking Part 1: Crimeless Revocations

Green Bay is but a symptom of the larger disease in the Wisconsin Corrections System: short-sighted thinking. A new prison may alleviate the overcrowding temporarily across prisons, but if nothing is done to address the reasons why so many Wisconsinites are imprisoned, the problem will only continue. Across the country, some very surprising states are … More Long-Term Thinking Part 1: Crimeless Revocations