Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

A few weeks ago at the end of July, my mom, aunt, and cousin’s daughter decided to venture one hour north of Milwaukee to check out Bookworm Gardens, a non-profit, botanic garden based off of children’s literature. With a mission of “Enrich[ing] the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children’s literature,” Bookworm Gardens … Continue reading Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

Notes on a Quarter-Life Identity Crisis

Just over a year ago, I published my most ever-viewed, and definitely most controversial post, When the Grass Isn’t Greener: Falling Out of Love With France. And just over a year ago, The Local France picked up the piece and ran an edited version on their site. And just over a year ago, in response to the words I wrote and the things I had … Continue reading Notes on a Quarter-Life Identity Crisis

Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

In France, the 14th of July is known as La Fête Nationale, also known as Journée de la Bastille, or Bastille Day. Le 14 julliet is known for the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which was the historic turning point in the French Revolution. Today, celebrations are held throughout France, and Europe’s largest military parade is held on the famous Champs Elysée Avenue … Continue reading Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

Confessions of a First Year Teacher

I may not remember much about the first half of September through December of last year, but I do remember this day perfectly. It was a few days after hosting Thanksgiving. I had just finished grading 47 essays. I had seven preps. I was having doubts about my teaching abilities. I was exhausted and I was stressed. I spent little time sleeping and a lot … Continue reading Confessions of a First Year Teacher

Wambrechies: A Hidden Gem in the North of France

In an attempt to get back into shape, I’ve taken up the habit of running 10K’s on Sundays with my colleagues. Lille’s Citadel is filled with various paths and routes, especially along the canal. Recently, my colleagues led me further down the Deûle River than I had ever ventured before, to the town of Wambrechies. The thing that (unashamedly) appealed to me the most about … Continue reading Wambrechies: A Hidden Gem in the North of France

The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA

I started college in 2008– in the peak of the economic recession, and just two years before Scott Walker would be elected as Governor of Wisconsin and proceed to reform teachers’ unions. Throughout my college career, the subject of teaching was politically charged. Each semester I was faced with comments and “advice” from professors, academic advisors, and fellow teachers about the hardships of teaching– I … Continue reading The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA