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04 November 2007 

It's truly been a while since I've jumped on to blog myself, although I've been actively watching the blog world. In the meantime, school is obviously in full swing along with life. I'm getting ready to start working with the Project to End Human Trafficking. I'm aching for Northern Minnesota, which is a surprise for me. Scout, the wonderful dog, is more and more wonderful every day. Hopkins courses are such a waste of time right now - who knew grad courses could be so ridiculous at such a supposedly good institution. I literally had a prof read handouts to us for an entire two hour block. Who does that? I can't stand my bosses on most days, but the kids are fabulous and crazy. My students are producing student journalism with a higher level of fierceness than before. Although, I must say, it's been an exhausting emotional year with the kids. They know such sadness and pain, and they're ready to share the moment they walk in to my room. I can't even tell you how many kids I've had crying in my classroom with me about the shit that happens to them when they leave my room. I've been throwing these situations around a lot after seeing Gone Baby Gone. After some friends and I left the theater, we were over stimulated and morally overwhelmed. Maybe it resonates with us more because we fight for our children every day that aren't really our children, and we don't know how to handle that boundary when it comes to their needs. However, in the end, if you truly take the movie up on all it has to offer, it is dumbfounding. No promises on more frequent updates or even better quality, but hello, here's a snapshot of now.

My kid that flips off tables is moving to Baltimore at the end of the year (for middle school).
I told him you teach there and that you'd tell me if he was making good choices or not.
He asks about you almost every day :)
I'll have to let you know where he ends up...

Do you know how much joy it brings me when my rss reader tells me that Layers has updated? Well, lets just say lots.

My heart is aching for a little Northern MN too. I've been away too long. How bout when I go, I'll think about you all the time and channel my thoughts toward you and it'll be like you're there!

Julie - love it. Channel away!

It's good to hear how you're doing, Amy.

I've been wanting to see Gone Baby Gone---even more so, now!1

I miss you. Funny how close to Northern Minnesota I am and yet how horribly estranged I feel from it. Sigh... I think of you often. I hope all is well for you both out in Eastern America...

Lots of love--

Hey dear - Happy Birthday to you! Hope all is going well in Baltimore.

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!
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