About

I promise you the following:  I won’t save the universe, be famous, tackle the problems of education, achieve enlightenment, or get entirely off the grid. I will, however, write about the windmills I fight along the way.

I am a wife, mother, teacher, researcher, history nerd, runner, earth-loving, Gandhi-contemplating sustainability-driven vegetarian, business owner, and scatterbrain.  I am a chaotic non-linear thinker living with an ex-military champion of efficiency.  I am a 5AM riser, 10PM sleeper, and I drink a whole lot of coffee.  I teach over a hundred high school students a day, and then come home at night to contemplate the meaning of life. Which I have yet to find under a rock in my garden.

Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 9.34.58 AMI aim to inspire this generation of super-cool high school kids to change the world (for the better, I hope), so they’ll come back with gratitude in their hearts and millions in their pockets and support me in my retirement. Then I won’t have to eat cat food, which is not vegetarian.

I want to rid the world of packaged goods, one box and carton at a time, and fill my house with mason jars, dried beans, grass-fed beef (for ex-military champion of efficiency).  I want to raise a boy who does not become a mutant.  I want to preach the gospel of health, wellness, and fitness.  I want to grow tons of things and avoid the grocery store.  I want to know that I cook better than most restaurants with blinking neon lights. I want to occasionally make fun of the people and things that annoy me, even though I know it will get me bad karma.  Most of all, want world peace and an end to human suffering.  And another cup of coffee.

t: @runningdmc

Contact me: dcaseyrowe@gmail.com

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30 thoughts on “About

    • Thanks…I read you in the Projo…years ago, we talked reform–at the very beginning. Lots of interesting stuff to discuss, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any less interesting, does it?

  1. I like your “about” and I enjoyed your Freshly Pressed piece quite a lot – considering I am married to a musician and gave birth to one as well. Music is everything…it is the soul of life, I think 😉 and it’s sad to me to see how exclusive “music education” can be. I wish it wasn’t so.

  2. Really love the blog and will definitely be subscribing. Congratulations on being freshly pressed! I must admit I’ve struggled through many music exams while pretending I could read the notes in front of me…I pity the poor people that had to grade my performace!

  3. I have great respect for all teachers, and high school is such a formative time. It sounds like you are a blessing to your students. Reading your post about music makes me want to sing and play more (I played flute all through upper grade school into high school and was always a part of the school choir and church choir). I’ve all but given up playing in public, not that my skills were anything to write home about…I’m a stay-at-home mom with a very busy husband, so my flute now accompanies my son when he practices piano (he is 7), and my singing has been mostly of the lullaby or rocking out in the car variety! What I’ve loved in the past few weeks is when I “scan” on the car radio with my toddler (nearly 3), whenever we hear classical music, it gets her attention, and she’ll ask me to identify the instruments. Classical music almost always gets my kids and I talking about what mood the notes create, what instruments make which sounds, and what the music makes us feel like doing. It’s a universal language. Thanks for getting me thinking…

  4. Do all of us that dream the long-shot dream end up being teachers?

    I wanted to be an author as early as 1968, but ended up teaching for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

    However, while teaching in the public schools, I didn’t give up the dream of writing so I’d often get up at 3 AM in the morning to squeeze in an hour or two before driving off to the classroom to teach.

    Just about everything we do in life is a gamble but when we shoot for the Moon, the odds are slim that we will land there.

  5. I really love your slogan/motto. I am in complete agreement. I recently did a 30 day vegan/gluten-free cleanse and the hardest part was no. coffee. I dare say, I nearly made love to that first, post-cleanse cup of seductively silken, dark liquid. Just the right amount of sugar-in-the-raw and (soy) cream. (Unfortunately, no dairy for this kid.) All in my favorite coffee shop no less.

    I enjoy your writing as well. 🙂

    • Thank you so very much. I have been playing around with different foods for health purposes. I tried to cut out the wheat, and no effect either way, so I was urged to cut out processed sugar. I did so, and amazingly, migraines seem to be all but stopping–I was not voting for sugar to be the culprit–I have tried everything over the years. So, I switched over to agave, gave up things w sugar in it, I don’t eat packaged/processed sweets anyway…Even the occasional chocolate bar, gone. However, I found an awesome recipe for paleo brownies (maple) and a few other junk food items that I adapted, so I’m not so cranky anymore about the idea…

      No giving up the caffeine… Ever!

  6. Hi There – I wanted to stop by and thank you for commenting on and following my blog. Along with young children, we also happen to share a love for coffee and running… I wish you well on your path~

    • Thank you indeed. It’s always an honor to find people willing to analyze the day-to-day and rather than rush through them, look for areas where we can learn together–looking forward to it!

  7. That’s true–I don’t feed my dog vegetarian, but I’m consistent with good quality food. I feed my husband meat, but locally sourced or good quality, then less.

  8. Casey,

    You wrote:

    “I aim to inspire this generation of super-cool high school kids to change the world (for the better, I hope), so they’ll come back with gratitude in their hearts and millions in their pockets and support me in my retirement. Then I won’t have to eat cat food, which is not vegetarian.”

    I love this. Our world will be transformed with this super-cool generation!

    With love, Amanda
    http://defineyourspirit.com

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