The lady of the lake (that’s me)


I have not written much here these past few months. They have been difficult months for me–from September until December. Although I was having a wonderful year with the children in my Sweet Pea class–one of my best years ever!–I was having a terrible time with the school administration. September started out rough and only got worse as the year went on. I ended up turning in my resignation at the beginning of December and my last day was December 31. After 20 years of teaching at the same school–16 of them in early childhood–I am no longer a teacher.

When things started to go south in the fall, I stopped to think about what areas of my life were stressful. Work was definitely one of them. The other really stressful area was my condo. The space itself was beautiful. I had lived there for 14 years. But as a small association–only 4 units–I had been on the board the entire time. And I don’t really like being on boards. But there was no one else to do it. And it seemed like one thing after another went wrong there, too. So, since we were in a kind of a lull, I decided it was a good time to sell.

I knew in September, that this would be my last year teaching at that school. But I had hoped to stay until the end of the school year. I never imagined that in December I would move and leave my job. It was quite an emotional month! But the condo sold almost immediately (although it, unfortunately, hasn’t closed yet due to some unforeseen challenges–it was supposed to close on December 28) and I was really done with my job.

I found a wonderful apartment near Lake Michigan. I can’t see the lake from my window, but the above photo is at the end of my block. I love being by the water. And am now referring to myself as the Lady of the Lake (well, actually, this is the first time, but I do like it!) There’s a walking/bike path just a few blocks away. And I went for a walk after it snowed a few days ago and was amazed to find that the path was shoveled and salted. This made me unreasonably happy.

And I am finding a new rhythm and direction for my life. I begin every morning by first writing morning pages, then I work on one of my own stories and then I work on the indexing class that I’m taking online through UC Berkeley–planning to go back to my long ago work in the publishing industry with a new (for me) twist as an indexer.

And I’m thinking about how I want to use my blog. I’m thinking about writing more about Waldorf early childhood education.

But for now, I’m just glad to be back and calm and healthy.

Thanks for stopping by.


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

6 thoughts on “The lady of the lake (that’s me)

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the lovely photos of your new surroundings – it definitely looks calming and inspiring. It is unfortunate how the school system seems to treat teachers – and it isn’t just the public schools that treat their teachers poorly, which most people do not seem to understand. Teachers are just as necessary and deserving of respect and proper EVERYTHING as Doctors and Lawyers – more so, in some aspects, because Teachers are responsible for the education of the next generation. Thank you so much for being there for the children you helped educate, and may they go on to educate others in their own unique and creative ways ❤

  2. Such exciting times for you! I am so glad you are making changes that bring you peace and calm. I would love to chat some time soon to get your input on something. Send me your new address and I will send you some scrumptious fiber for you to spin! FYI any time you want to hang out at our peaceful place to write come on, on!



    • Thanks for your kind words–and I’d love to chat with you. I’ll send you my info–and I’d, of course, love some fiber!!!!
      I’ve been admiring your beautiful home on facebook. Thanks for the invitation. One of these days….
      Love, Susan

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I am happy you’re finding peace in your new daily routine. I am sorry September-December was so challenging :(. You are loved and missed by the sweet peas :).

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