Growing Up In Violence Part One: Liam’s Story

I am a guidance counselor. And I've always wanted to tell some of my enlightening stories. Over the years I have taken notes about a lot of my students. And I've decided to start sharing some of them here. I work with a lot of kids who don't have ideal home lives. The one thing that always amazes me is that they always come to school. Even though there's no one at home making them. When I was a kid I would have stayed home every chance I got. Even…

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How Does Two Weeks Off Completely Ruin Me?

New year, new me. I say it every new year. And I never quite know how I got here. In a matter of two weeks I have completely let myself go. I can no longer wear pants. Being a teacher, you think, "this is awesome". Two glorious weeks vacation around the holidays. I'll get so much accomplished. I'll get my house completely organized. I'll take my kids to all sorts of fun places. I'll have so much more time to workout. But that's never the case. The reality of it…

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