Towns across America, large and small, have a certain electricity in the air during football season. I work at a small school district in a small town. Friday Night Lights begins when the first bell rings on Friday morning. Our players walk the halls in their jerseys. The Cheerleaders gather in the library to make … Continue reading SIGNS OF VICTORY


Do you have a favorite dish that just can't be switched up? Like don't change a thing? Not even the brand of one of the ingredients? For us, it's hot chicken salad. I was introduced to hot chicken salad when I was a struggling single mom and my dear friend would frequently have me over … Continue reading THE MISSING INGREDIENT


Today’s list of the forgotten: glasses, school clothes, football mouthguard, and epi-pens. I’d like to say it’s unusual for my son to forget that many things in one day. I’d like to say that’s where today’s list will end, but I also like to say, “day ain’t over yet”. If he forgets only one thing … Continue reading FORGOTTEN


When I was learning to drive, my dad would say, "quit jackrabbiting!" Punching the gas and then the brake is many a young driver's approach to maintaining a steady speed. I did it with the added challenge of a standard shift clutch. Hashtag whiplash.   Sometime in the 70's my grandfather, a lover of luxury sedans, … Continue reading CRUISE CONTROL


Substitute teaching is not for the faint of heart. I wear my cocky little LHS Faculty ID like a badge of courage… even though they chose the prank photo that has Michelle Boen’s fingers making bunny ears behind my head. I kissed being taken seriously goodbye a long time ago, but seriously; the bunny ear … Continue reading MRS. BOEN’S MISSING MARKERS