erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

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 playing with plastic kitchen sets or talking with dollies), my older kids are either already gone to college or are...
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 was sure it was the gunman, and he was inside! The police were after him the day before.  Some students saw him holding...
The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

After the shooting two weeks ago, the police found a note inside the gunman’s car.  “I don’t have any friends,” he wrote.  “I don’t have any family. . .I’ve been an isolated loner my entire life.” He was only nineteen—a recent graduate of Central Visual and Performing...
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 off with my suitcase. It’s there when an administrator takes a seat in my classroom. And it screams at me when my...