Like many teachers on summer vacation, I'm in the middle of deep cleaning my house and purging accumulated household clutter. Yesterday, I came across a red folder that my mom had sent me awhile ago. In it, I found some of my EARLY poetry. My best guess is it's from middle school based off grammatical/mechanical/capitalization … Continue reading Poetry: Embarrassing Poems Mrs. Ram Jam Wrote in Middle School and High School.
Because of chronic illnesses (fibromyalgia, Meniere’s disease, Raynaud’s, and IBS), I frequently contact my general practitioner, rheumatologist, ENT, and gastroenterologist. Unfortunately, talking to someone alive the first go-round never happens. My doctors work for large hospital systems. For patients, no direct lines to a specific doctor’s office exist. I call the main hospital phone, listen … Continue reading Chronic Illness: Playing Phone Tag with Doctors’ Offices
Yesterday morning, a former student of mine was murdered. He was found in his car with multiple gunshot wounds. He was only 25. He had just completed his first year of teaching middle school and will not experience his first summer off as a teacher. He is Baton Rouge’s forty-second murder victim this … Continue reading Losing a Former Student to Gun Violence