Hi there. I started this blog years ago and, as life goes, I’ve grown and changed as a writer and a human being. If you’re interested in knowing a bit about me, here’s a bulleted list of what I consider to be the most important facts, in no particular order.
- I’m a veteran teacher. This upcoming school year will be my eleventh, which is mind-blowing but also makes me feel a little old.
- On July 9, 2016 I married my best friend. It was a long time coming!
- I’m working on a memoir thanks to unexpected inspiration from my fairy godmother of prose.
- My (huge) family means the world to me.
- Salt water, soft sand and sunny skies restore my soul.
- Meditation and reiki have been part of my life for nearly ten years.
- I’m expecting a baby girl.
- Prior to becoming a teacher, I was a journalist with my city’s local paper The Miami Herald and later worked for other media outlets such as NBC Miami and Univision.
- I am a giver. At times, I’ve been burned by this facet of my being. But no other way feels natural and I can’t fake much. My poker face is non-existent.
- Food is a big deal to me. One of life’s greatest pleasures, in my opinion, is sharing delicious food with loved ones. If I am the one preparing the meal, it’s even more blissful.
Updated July 18, 2017
After being stuck in a non-writing rut for way longer than I should have been, the idea for this brand-new blog hit me out of the blue after one of my Facebook pictures received a boatload of comments. I posted the picture almost a year ago. It is of me standing in front of a packed classroom of teenagers at the school where I teach. I’m a teacher now, but I used to be a reporter, and this was the beginning of a glorious time in my life: I was starting the journey in teaching my school’s newspaper class. I was given the opportunity to blend my two loves, teaching and reporting, and I was over the moon. I mean, this was just the bee’s knees. Anyway, the point of this whole explanation is not the beginning of the glorious passion-blend but the fact that I was wearing heels. One comment after another poured in. “You wear heels? To school? And you actually teach?” Um, yeah. Yes. I do. I don’t know if I inherited this heels-wearing thing from my 5’00” tall mom, or my “presumida” paternal grandmother, but everyone in my life equates hot heels with…me. It’s just the way it is. And yes, in case you’re wondering, I teach. Standing up. As a matter of fact, my second period class last school year always asked me, “Ms. Caram, why do you stand up the entire time? You can sit down, you know.” My response was, “Oh, thanks for the permission, guys. ‘Preciate it. However, I like standing because I can see every. little. thing. you’re. doing.”