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An Ode to a Decade Lost

Allison Carmichael

An Ode to a Decade Lost

An Ode to a Decade Lost The week we brought my first child home from the hospital, I received a card from my sister-in-law. The sentiment inside said simply and pointedly, “Now you know.” There has never been a more true statement. Most of us are blessed to know children and some of us are blessed to be part of other people’s children’s lives. I cared for my nieces and nephews and I have babysat my friends’ children too. My job is to care for and educate hundreds of children over the last 18 years. But, none of this experience actually...

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Oops, I Forgot

Allison Carmichael

Oops, I Forgot

Oops, I Forgot According to the experts, one of the aspects of happy people is that they forget.  Brilliant, I forget things all the time!  So why am I not happier?  Hmmm….rumination. I find myself playing out imaginary conversations most of my day.  These conversations are at times about accepting an imaginary, impossible and unsolicited promotion.  Me, “Oh thanks Boss, I don’t know what to say.”  Or accepting an imaginary award playing out my acceptance speech.  But most often, these conversations in my head are awful.  An imaginary someone barges into my work and causes a confrontation for which I...

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Finding My Meadow

Allison Carmichael

Finding My Meadow

Finding My Meadow “Everyone has a story to tell, and if you don’t tell yours, someone else will.” -Said by Lots of People This is my story. This is me…I’m Allison.  I’m going into my 3rd year as school principal, 7th year in school administration and 17th year in my educational career.  I am a mother of 3 amazing kids, a wife of an adventurous husband, and now I am apparently a blogger. This April I experienced a deep yearning to change my career; the only career I know.  Sure, I am turning 39 in a week…which means 40 in...

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