Within the past few months, I think it’s safe to say that we have all been forced to think about racism and our own attitudes towards it more than we have in a long time. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s important to be shaken up so we can look at what… Continue reading My Candid Thoughts – Educating Myself on Racism
Almost every conversation I’ve had with someone in the last four months has, at some point, touched on COVID. It’s inescapable – it’s touched every part of our lives. And yet, we’re so fatigued by it. We don’t want to keep talking about it because we’re sick of its dominance in our lives, but somehow… Continue reading My Candid Thoughts – On Living in a Culture of Fear
Almost two months ago, I shared a blog post about seeking an educated mind rather than emotional responses. Since that time, I have dived into the process of educating myself about current issues, and I have come to discover so much about the process of thinking rightly in the midst of all this turmoil. I’ve… Continue reading How Do I Think Rightly in an Age of Bias, Distortion, and Emotional Hype?
This year I have learned more about grief than I have before in my life. Before this year, I hadn’t experienced the death of someone close to me, so I didn’t understand grief on an experiential level. But a few years before, I walked with a friend through some deaths in her family, and I… Continue reading How to Walk With Each Other Through Grief
The statues are being toppled. The schools are being renamed. Modern works of genius about our Founding Fathers are being questioned. There is a growing cultural norm to look back on every influential leader in history and question their worth based on their beliefs or actions. And why, do you ask? Because we have a… Continue reading Are We Going to Whitewash History or Learn from It?
A few summers ago I finished writing a book about singleness – how to walk through its dark stages and how to maximize it in its purposeful stages. I’m currently working on revising and editing it, and as I worked through this section tonight, I thought I’d share it with you all on the blog.… Continue reading Lie #6: “Staying Friends” is Always the Most Noble Thing to Do
Every year (except for last year), I’ve written an “end-of-the-year” recap of what I learned as a teacher. It’s a way for me to process and close the year and hold close what set this year apart from the others. And I know what the history books will say set this year apart – obviously… Continue reading Year Six of Teaching: The Year of Vulnerability & Grace
Tomorrow is Father’s Day. A day to celebrate and honor all that fathers give to us. A day where I reflect on how incredibly thankful I am for the father that I have been given. But this year I won’t get to see my dad on Father’s Day. He’s in a memory care facility where… Continue reading Father’s Day 2019
Our nation is in a fragile state right now. The amount of anger, hate, destruction, hurt, and controversy swirling around is unlike anything I’ve seen in my adult lifetime. It scares me, saddens me, and burdens my heart when I feel helpless to do anything about it. In reality what we all need most is… Continue reading Seeking an Educated Mind Instead of Emotional Reactions
How can I even begin to say what I feel like I have no words for? The nation’s grief and anger this week has been so overwhelming to the point where I had to withdraw from it, especially when it felt like some days I was drowning in my own personal grief and my mental… Continue reading I See You, I Love You, and I’m Quietly Learning