Changes on the Horizon

I’m starting a new teaching assignment this Monday. I am really excited about it. When I first became a teacher eight years ago, I set out to teach kindergarten. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my maternal grandmother; she taught the little ones in Cuba as a young woman before marrying and become…

Friendship Is Sharing Your Cupcake

Sometimes God gives us gifts that come in the form of people. And sometimes these people work with you. My friend Nicki is one of these people, but I did not meet her at work. I have known this wonderful girl since sixth grade. We’ve shared so many memories, and most of them involve me making…

Teacher Talk: I Wish You Knew…

If there was any way possible, I would put the following list into candy form, create an enticing, sweet-smelling edible delight of some kind and present it on a silver platter on the desk of each teenager I know. Alas, I cannot, but I can talk to my 125 students and try my best to…

I Agree

Originally posted on elarox.blogspot.com (retired blog) on Jan. 28, 2011.  Many years ago, a dear friend named Noelle told me about a book she was reading called The Four Agreements. I frequently think of these simple yet complicated agreements, especially when I’m guilty of not following one. I thought it would be a good idea to…

Love Yourself

I know this is a trite, overused nugget of wisdom, but time and time again I re-realize the importance of “love yourself.” People say it all the time. “You can’t love anyone else until you love yourself.” A long time ago, I would ask myself, what does that even mean? For many years, I don’t…

Featured Heels Wearer: Pop of Color

It seems like it just can’t be true, but the 2011-2012 school year is in its last quarter. The last three quarters have whirled right by, not unlike every other school year. Last week, I celebrated my thirtieth….yes, my thirtieth birthday. Honestly, just where does the time go? I realized that I am twice as…

A Poem

A poem about Cuba and the way I feel when I look back on how it must feel to lose your everything.  1952 Looking back on the passage of time, I feel the pain of yesteryear; Missed goodbyes and deep regrets, doused in the aroma of just-roasted coffee The desire to return to an island…

The Return of the Thick-Heeled Pump

I remember a time when thicker heels were just plain tacky. The skinnier the stiletto, the better. Lo and behold, things have changed. Granted, this doesn’t mean thick heels haven’t ever been in style. I know the seventies, for example, were definitely the thick heels’ heyday. But up until recently, the TH definitely didn’t have a place in my closet….

The Male Perspective

I’ve never been the type of girl to have very many male friends. I’ve always had a lot of female friends and the same best friend since kindergarten. A potpourri of girls’ opinions abound on topics from everything, ranging from “What should I wear?” to (when I was single) “Should I text him?” I grew…

Shocking Pink

I have several wonderful friends who also teach high school English. It’s wonderful to have so many creative souls to share ideas with. A friend who teaches at a high school in the northern part of the county was at a professional development meeting, and she was disappointed in her colleagues’ bland responses to a…