erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

Goodbye For Now

Goodbye For Now

There’s a cardboard sign on my office wall that says “Home”.  The word is scribbled in pen, and it’s well used, bent in different places.  One of my...

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Jazzy’s Whiteboard Words

Jazzy’s Whiteboard Words

Being fifteen isn’t easy.  Homework piles up, parents gets stressed about grades, friends create drama, and in the midst of all that noise, life...

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The Empty Desk

The Empty Desk

Connections make life meaningful.  They’re the catalyst for relationships, the reason people choose certain jobs, and a great way to make a boring...

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Mackenzie’s Request

Mackenzie’s Request

There used to be a hideous, blue line of tape running down the middle of the hallway at my school. All last year, students were told to stay on one...

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Nightmare on I-70

Nightmare on I-70

Icy, snow-packed roads didn’t used to scare me. Living in Colorado, I got used to driving in winter weather—maybe a little too used to it. But that...

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Reaching My Limit

Reaching My Limit

I’m weak. There are limits to what I can do, and I’m becoming more aware of that as I get older. In the middle of a good conversation with a...

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The Rescue

The Rescue

Anxiety is a difficult thing to shake. It sneaks up on me when the bus headed to camp is ready to go, engine humming, and I realize my wife drove...

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Whispers in the Dark

Whispers in the Dark

The day after our daughter Hope was born, I was afraid. The nurses wheeled her into the hospital room, and the two of us looked at each other in the...

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The Story I Told the Police

The Story I Told the Police

The Police Department had questions about Nathan, a former student of mine. He was one of those students who stood out. His smile was infectious,...

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Chaos in the Classroom

Chaos in the Classroom

“My mom was stabbed!” Mckayla shouted. Her words shocked everyone in the classroom, including me, but with Mckayla, I was used to shock. The week...

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