Four Years Ago

Desks in empty classroom like that of DC widow blog writer Marjorie Brimley

(Below is a letter I wrote my first class of senior-level government students. We lived through the election of 2016 together, and the day afterwards, I had them write letters to themselves that I saved for four years. Last week, I sent them those letters, along with this one. It’s been edited for privacy and […]

Congrats, Graduates of 2020

Students throw caps in air during graduation like that during speech by DC widow blog writer Marjorie Brimley

Welcome families, friends, teachers, and graduates.  To the class of 2020: thank you for inviting me to speak.  I’m so lucky to be here. Wait – actually, that was the start of last year’s speech, the one where you picked me to be your faculty speaker. This year, you didn’t pick me, but you didn’t […]