A Little Jab’ll Do Ya!

What’s your last name? Coombs. Spell it. C-O-O-M as in Mary – B as in Boy – S as in Sam. Coombs. That’s a weird name… Okay… Yesterday, I drove into Boston for my first Covid-19 shot at the Hynes Convention Center. As someone who’s stayed pretty isolated this past year, I was relieved andContinue reading “A Little Jab’ll Do Ya!”

Kids, do you know what “triage” means?

It’s never a good sign when you realize that you’re more than halfway through the school year, but you’ve somehow gone off the rails. And you did so awhile back without noticing. Today is February 10, we only have about four months of school left, and I’m finally accepting that we are very behind. AsContinue reading “Kids, do you know what “triage” means?”

Tip your professor

I had a mentor before I even understood what a mentor was. I had a mentor before I even realized I was being mentored. What I did know was there was someone who saw something in me I could no longer see, if I ever had. She dreamed bigger dreams for me than I dreamedContinue reading “Tip your professor”

The way back

Yesterday, I took my 13 year old daughter to Plymouth for a history visit. The plan to see Plimoth Plantation was mentally scrapped at the halfway point of our 75 minute drive south. After all, we’d been there only a year before and on the same exact day. I know this because I was standingContinue reading “The way back”

School, revisited

When struggling for things to write about, there’s a topic that’s been off limits. I promised myself when the kids were younger and this site was new that I wouldn’t use their private lives as public content. Here and there I’ve shared some things, but most of the time I’ve kept the details of ofContinue reading “School, revisited”

Happy Birthday, PurelyPixel

This morning I received a WordPress notification that my blog was first registered one year ago today. 415 posts, over 6500 page views (only half of them from my mother), and about 200 non-Facebook followers is pretty shocking for a person that did not embrace having an online public persona, and still struggles with itContinue reading “Happy Birthday, PurelyPixel”