Collected Writings

Be Good-at-Cinderella

“Hola!!” I said to a student and his mom; we were approaching them on the street in downtown Minneapolis.  “Hola!” they said back, both excited to see Little L; I often show videos of her in Spanish class at school.  “We’re out searching for her shoe,” I explained. “We lost it this morning on the … Read More »

Give Thanks for Purple Helmets

For all of you who haven’t seen any photos of Little L recently, she’s not rocking her purple star helmet during the daytime anymore. It is now a sleep helmet – like a nightcap, but, well, more durable.  For those of you who haven’t seen Little L or her photos for the past half-year, she … Read More »

Be Good-at-Minnie

With a mom who is somewhat against things, Little L gets by on three cups. I’m sure we’ll get her more someday, especially once she stops using bottles, but for now she has three, one of which was a gift.  And so when the purple Minnie Mouse cup (the coolest cup and obviously the one … Read More »

Be Good-at-Humor

Little L received her first parking ticket last Friday. After a tiring week, finding the parking violation made my evening.  Right away I texted Dana and Jon to see if they were the traffic enforcers. They don’t live on our floor of the building, but perhaps they had been up here for humor’s sake? “I … Read More »

Be Good-at-Keeping-Track

The University of Minnesota has a snazzy new medical center. And they don’t want you to pay them.  “Would it be possible to pay my copay?” I ask the “concierge” who is checking me in. I feel like I’m at a hotel, attaching my green beeper to my jumper so that my provider can come … Read More »

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