Every December, I do the same calculation: 1 classroom teacher + 2 classroom aides + 1 principal + 1 behaviorist + 1 speech therapist + 1 counselor + 1 occupational therapist + 1 bus driver = $1 million in holiday gifts for my son’s teachers, aides and service providers. Students in special education don’t just have teachers, they have teams. These educators are dedicated, heroic, hard-working and often under-appreciated. Unlike general education teachers and staff, […]
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Greetings Family and Friends,
I (Derek) have been tasked with the holiday letter this year, and I must say it was another typical slow-motion train wreck of a year for the Ries family.
For example: the company I work for went bankrupt, half the family had temperatures of 103 while at Disneyland, the Dodgers didn’t win the World Series for the 31st consecutive year, and I idiotically started feeding some stray cats that wandered into our yard and now Cheddar and Licorice are permanent residents. […]
Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), I have decided to follow in that great tradition of boring everyone silly by writing a Christmas letter.
That is why I am pleased as punch (which I also drank) to present the following chronicle of the Zezima family, which includes Jerry, the patriarch; […]
The world is divided into two types of people: Those with a birthday on or near Christmas and everyone else.
By the time you celebrate a birthday on or near Christmas, everyone’s broke, out of town or forgets about your birthday altogether.
As a young child, I remember being stuck unwrapping my birthday gifts on Christmas day. It didn’t matter if we celebrated Christmas at our house or at a relative’s place. A sour look would cross their faces when they remembered I had a birthday in two days and they had no intention of being there. […]
Hurrah and humbug. Here’s to our annual ambivalence. Time to decorate, shop ’til ya drop and develop a mild drinking habit to cope. As a staunch offline shopper, allow me to emphasize that I do indeed love the Internet but I hate the hassle of being hacked.
However, I absolutely adore aIl of you online shoppers. Your method of shopping at home helps free up space for me at the malls. I’m no misanthrope, not even a curmudgeon, […]