a mantra for this year

a mantra for this year

I have post-it notes all over my room. Usually they’re reminding me to wear such and such outfit or to do a chore before leaving the house. There is one stuck to my headboard that reads: A life lived in fear is a life half-lived. It comes from my favorite movie, Strictly Ballroom. In the … Continue reading

Ticket for One: on the Fear of Being Judged

Ticket for One: on the Fear of Being Judged

I went to go see Rise of the Guardians today. I started seeing promotional images and hearing the buzz about it, but didn’t think I’d get to see it. Lately I haven’t really allowed myself the luxury of spending money for anything other than for the basic necessities. Besides, at my age, it’s. “kids movie” … Continue reading

on substitute teaching

on substitute teaching

Good Morning, class. My name is Ms. Ozuna. I’ll be your sub today. Before we get started, a few things: 1. I don’t know where your teacher is. Unless I’ve subbed for your teacher before and he/she decided to use the contact information I left behind with my trademark thank-you card, I don’t know if … Continue reading