Michie Smashing Thoughts

Smashing my way through life one piece at a time


Sport Short 3: The Selfish Dive at the Try Line

This is a sport short about a failed dive to score a try, made in a college rugby match years ago. I compare things I learned in that game versus learning in my most recent match as an Albany Knickerbocker this weekend.

Sport Short 2: The Second Annexation of Puerto Rico– UAWRFC Rugby Legends

This is the second short in a series I am writing about those flash moments you get in sports that NEVER leave you. Athletes know that these moments are not and CANNOT be planned. In the decades of sports, I still have these plays, these visions, and these games I can see like it was happening in the present. The second of many is this true tale of two rugby women in their prime completing the best play that college rugby has ever seen, a trick play inspired by a classic movie, The Little Giants. 

Why I Play Rugby

This week my rugby coach, Lori “The Ripper” Staples, asked us to answer 2 questions about rugby. Here is my shared response about why I play rugby and what it feels like to play.

Start Over if You Must- Smash’s Summer Running Progress Report 2021

As a special educator, I write progress reports for students quarterly checking in with them about their progress. This system ensures that the students know where they are when it comes to their goals and also know what they need to do to accomplish that goal. In this piece, I have given myself a running progress report for this summer hoping to check in and figure out where I am with my running goal and also what I need to do to get back on track. As teachers, we often know what to do to help our students progress and yet, don’t always for ourselves. In this way, I am using something that has worked with my students, for myself, in this case- the struggling learner.

The Quarantine 50 Yo Yo

This is a piece about how I lost and now gained 50 pounds, a year apart, since this quarantine. I talk about the whys, hows, and ways I plan to make my body healthy again– while loving it right now for what it can do in the present.

You Make Me Better

This is a poem written about my partner and the magic that is when two people so naturally aligned find each other.


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