The pandemic has forced families and teachers to adjust on the fly to ensure kids continue learning.

Online learning is the worst. We teachers miss the daily interaction with students and loathe staring at a screen all day. Kids struggle to stay focused while also missing their friends. Adults are exhausted from balancing full-time jobs with nonstop parenting, and Zoom calls interrupted by a hungry child stopped being cute three months ago. Plus, you can’t walk around the house in your underwear anymore for fear of being seen by a bunch of kids and one horrified teacher. No one is a fan of remote teaching. …


A novel coronavirus is decimating the United States, especially people of color. Yet there’s nothing novel about the systemic racism in police systems, an epidemic that Black and Brown people have been fighting for generations. Before anyone jumps to the “few bad apples” excuse, I agree the majority of police officers believe they are not racist. Data on arrest rates and police killings prove otherwise. Now imagine how many African-Americans were beaten or murdered by police before everyone carried video cameras in their pockets. …


“Speaking of fruit punch, Chloe, let’s talk about your first period!”

Rites of passage are a lot like doctor’s appointments. Some are more painful than others, but afterward you’re always glad they happened. Some of these monumental moments in our lives vary based on region, religion, culture and sex. For example, I’ve never met anyone who’s had both a bar mitzvah and a quinceañera. Other events are mostly universal, like taking your first steps, moving out of your parents’ house, your first broken heart, and of course that magically perfect 53 seconds of losing your virginity. However, listening to a parent awkwardly try to talk to you about puberty may very…


In the first weeks of shelter-in-place life, I came across a dozen different articles offering tips on dating in a pandemic. Advice included how to position your laptop for the optimum angle, and what colors to wear to make yourself more attractive on camera (congrats if you own anything purple). Two months later, I still have yet to see any stories geared toward the heartbroken, those of us who felt like staying home every day with a bucket of ice cream and a bottle of (insert beverage of choice) before it was government-recommended.

After reading The Ringer’s take on the…

Justin Mazzola

Trained writer who fell into teaching. Driven by music, sports, nature and social justice. Lover of old photos. Capturing life one parenthetical quip at a time.

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