A Mask in the Woods: I-70 Footbridge to Wolfsville Road (9.2 miles)

Another Sunday morning on the AT for Maggie and Henry. With a thirteen-miler behind us, little over eight miles on today’s trail sounded easy. Unlike last time there was no rain, but it was cloudy, meaning the sun wouldn’t beat down on us at all. Even after crossing the I-70 footbridge, we started on a … More A Mask in the Woods: I-70 Footbridge to Wolfsville Road (9.2 miles)

A Mask in the Woods: Gathland State Park to I-70 Footbridge (13.0 miles)

You are an elderly gentleman mentally preparing for a hike in the beautiful Gathland State Park. Sitting in your truck, you wonder to yourself if the rain will make the trail impassable. The rain is lighter than it was, sure, but maybe the trail will be too wet for knees like yours. A grey Honda … More A Mask in the Woods: Gathland State Park to I-70 Footbridge (13.0 miles)

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