erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

There’s a Wisconsin lake that still holds a little mystery for me.  My college roommates and I camped near it one weekend.  We didn’t even know it...

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The Power Of Ish

The Power Of Ish

Hey everyone.  It is my great privilege to introduce to you my first guest blogger!  This story you're about to read is written by my new friend...

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The Other Side of Pain

The Other Side of Pain

Apparently, smashing your thumb with a sledgehammer can be a win.  Who knew?  While doing demolition in my bathroom, I steadied the drywall with one...

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Losing Control

Losing Control

Teachers—especially this one—like to have control. We have seating charts to control where students sit, lesson plans to control what they do, and...

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Blocking Bullets

Blocking Bullets

The moment is epic —the muscle-bound superhero defends the frightened kid.  There’s nothing better in stories.  Why?  Because, if I’m honest, I’m...

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The Father of Stars

The Father of Stars

Aurora fell in the cafeteria.  She stepped on some water, and when she slipped, the kids all around her just laughed.  No one offered to help. She...

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Making Peace with Change

Making Peace with Change

You’ve probably noticed—every year brings more change. My knees hurt a little more going up the stairs, the baby in our family is now 15 (no longer...

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When the SWAT Team Arrived

When the SWAT Team Arrived

When the SWAT team arrived at our school, they took over.  They gathered the reports from the students and watched the surveillance video.  Everyone...

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Seeing Sunsets

Seeing Sunsets

People ask me why I write these stories, and my answer is always the same.  Like being the first to see the streaking oranges and reds of a sunset,...

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A Near Death Experience

A Near Death Experience

My friends Trent and Cliff almost died at a traffic light.  Both do maintenance at my school and cover the same shift, so quite often they’ll drive...

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