This will be my first school year since 1988 when I don't return to the classroom later this month. I am almost overwhelmed by the possibilities before me. At the same time, it's feels a bit daunting to face that expanse of time & freedom. Since I am always off during the summer, my first real day of retirement will be August 26th - the day I would have gone back. Maybe, I'll even celebrate that day. I am beginning to chart a new course.