I’m not a big believer in destiny, but it seems there was something written in the stars when the 2016 National Council for Teachers of English conference was held in Atlanta and centered around “Faces of Advocacy.” When I first saw that descriptor in an email, I thought of Aaron, one of the most selfless human beings I’m lucky enough…

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I’ve always considered myself a creative person. However, I’ve never had one true creative hobby I identified with. I “dabbled” in a million hobbies and projects but found it hard committing to one particular thing. When I joined my community garden, I had only ever taken care of houseplants. I had never grown a vegetable in my life. My garden…

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**Warning: the following contains mentions of sexual assault and partner violence** In most states, in order to become a domestic violence or sexual assault crisis counselor, you have to undergo forty hours of intensive training on crisis de-escalation, mental illness, homelessness, the dynamics of the cycle of partner violence, medical and legal discourse on sexual assault, and a variety of…

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Monday mornings, I wake, shower, dress, drive to a train station, take a train to my office, and put in eight hours before reversing the routine. Tuesday through Friday, it’s the same. Saturday and Sunday are no reprieve—there are events and dinners and play dates and family functions. Some mornings, I pick up an iced coffee and take a moment…

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