Clare Coffey lives in the Philadelphia area. She teaches kindergarten at a small Catholic school.
She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog. Sign up for our weekly email so you don't miss any new content.
Young Voices: As bleak midwinter sets in, let's hunker down with our lights and candles, our rum cake and evergreens, from Christmas Eve all the way through February.
Young Voices: Americans are not especially comfortable with death. But let the departed have this somber, chilly month. Say a prayer for them and visit their resting places.
Young Voices: In the early days of fall, most tributes to the season are so merrily cozy as to border on the saccharine, but every once in a while, we remember that however snug our lives, they are short.
Young Voices: Dignified participation in and labor for a stable community should be the shared basis of social life, rather than the aspirational perks of a high-powered career. This lack has led to growing substance abuse.