Encouragement · Hope

Quarantine Chronicles 8.0 [Hoarding]

We have witnessed our fair share of hoarding during quarantine. It started with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but it did not take long for canned goods and meat to be added to the list of “hard to find” items. The nation responded with a mix of irritation and justification. If you had the sacred…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 8.0 [Hoarding]

Community · Encouragement

Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

I have reached the “even my comb has given up” level of quarantine, and it probably is not why you think. My hair has not become one big matted mess that my comb could not handle—although I am beginning to wonder if people see Forrest Gump [running across America] when they see me.   While…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

Encouragement · Hope · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

If given the option, I would defer to the easy path and avoid the messy middle. Pain is not appealing when comfort is available. My guess is that you would lean the same direction. We are living in a time when we have no choice but to be encircled by the unexpected. Expect the unexpected…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

Community · Encouragement

Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Well, here we are wearing the same outfits and running out of give-a-cares. We are still in search of the toilet paper we will NEVER again take for granted, and we have added hairstylist to our impressive resumes. Election campaigns have quieted, and GPA now stands for global perspective adjustment. This is QUARANTINE 2020. Who…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Encouragement · Grace

Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

As an English teacher, the idea of narratives is ever on my mind and infused into conversations. It’s easy to discuss and analyze a dynamic character; what motivates the character to action, what lie does the character believe, and what is the catalyst for their ultimate change? I think we instinctively do that in life.…… Continue reading Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

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Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

Moment of Truth Monday: I am the student who sometimes requires a do-over. As much as I long to learn concepts the first time, certain lessons just don’t stick. While I used to begrudge my “slow” learning style, I’ve come to appreciate that some lessons are worth repeating. I originally wrote a version of this…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

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Moment of Truth Monday: February Edition

She shifted direction and headed straight for the flowerbed–instead of the car. Observing her movements, curious about the sudden pull toward the plants, I was alarmed to see her bend down and break the stem of a plant in my humble [little] garden. The sound of my panicked voice filled the space between us as…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: February Edition

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Moment of Truth Monday

We walked to school every day. That was the perk of living 3 blocks away and having older sisters. We loved walking with our neighbor friends and chattering as young girls would. One day, everything changed. Fear entered the routine and threatened our innocence. Both the driver and the car were unfamiliar. Living in a…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

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Moment of Truth Monday

Staring out the window, more than 10,000 feet above ground, my mind rehearsed the memories of the weekend. From the familiarity of the swim/dive meet to the snowflakes that surprised me, the details of the visit delighted my senses. While I love the familiar, I do crave a sprinkle of surprise in the mix of…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

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Moment of Truth Monday

She stood in front of me fumbling through each screen. My silent frustration grew with every failed attempt. I just wanted to sign in, get my labs drawn, and get on with the rest of my day. This slowdown was unwelcome. Though the slowdown of an interruption is typically inconvenient, it’s often fertile learning ground.…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday