Definition: The ability to wait for something without frustration is a useful skill and a good aspect of one’s personality. My open letter to teachers everywhere.

Dear Teacher Colleagues everywhere- I just wanted to make one point (maybe a couple I don’t know I never draft these I just write off the top of my head) and it may not be a popular one. I have shared my thoughts on education in Facebook groups, Twitter, etc…

Updated Friday August 14th- ‪Today I had to make the tough decision to submit a leave request on the condition that my district will open for in-person learning. Hopefully in the end we will go virtual until it is safe for everyone. …

PSA: Remember to lock your car doors at night… And keep your bikes + your kid’s bikes locked up or inside at night. Over here in Maywood, I know of at least 3 cars that were, “rummaged” through last night. Seems like they were looking for quick cash.

I found…

From the desk of the Fort Lee Social Studies Department…

“The Fort Lee Social Studies department would like to start a scholarship fund in Gina Graziano Hempton’s name. The scholarship will be given to a senior student who wants to pursue psychology or neuroscience in college. Our first fundraiser will be the clothing sale.

See the link below to order. Orders are due by Friday, December 20, 2019 and the order will be placed that day.

Please consider sharing this with others maybe former students or even people in your family. In order to get this scholarship off the ground, we need to raise a lot of funds this year! Thank you so much for your support!

Please contact Diana Ladd with any questions at

Order here:

To Order Visit:

And “I Don’t Care” what you think…

‪They will probably never see this, but I must give a sincere thank you to #EdSheeran and #JustinBieber for creating a song that articulates my stuggles with mental illness in a way I never have been able to. Everytime I listen to the song, which has been A LOT already, I can’t help but feel emotional, in a positive way.

I am taking a guess here but I think this will be one of this summer’s “anthems” which is truly amazing when you read the lyrics and look at the content.


In August 2015 the first post went live on The Secret Illness Wall.

There are now 150 Wall Posts, each one a personal story of how OCD affects them.

Up until recently The Wall had only existed in an online space but at the OCD Action annual conference in March 2018, we were able to create the first ever interactive exhibition based on The Wall.

Here is a short video about The Wall Exhibition.

The Wall Exhibition consisted of 19 stories taken from The Wall, each one carefully written up in the form of a letter and displayed with a prop and picture frame.

Here are the 19 exhibits:

James, 31, New Jersey, USA

“If I can’t remember…


"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." -John Wooden

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