It seems we’re always on the edge of what feels safe. We talk of safe subjects, safe places, safe thoughts. We ask generic questions to which generic answers can be given. We stay with socially acceptable topics, and we dance around all that lurks beneath the surface. But safe isn’t real. And safe isn’t brave.… Continue reading Speaking Brave Words of Sanctuary
I wish I had boldness. I wish I could be honest and not worry about being PC all the time. I wish I could say it would be so easy to fall in love with you if the circumstances were right. –or maybe I have already a tiny bit, and I don’t have the courage… Continue reading The Things You Wish You Had the Courage to Say
I’ve been described as a “nice” person before. You know – the kind of person who smiles at strangers in passing, who holds the door for those behind her, who might let someone into traffic, who leaves a nice tip behind. It tends to come from an eager-to-please kind of personality. But those kinds of… Continue reading It’s Not Enough Just to be a Nice Person Anymore
I have to admit, I’ve always been a bit on the competitive side. Actually, “a bit” might be understating it. More like “quite” competitive. Why didn’t I play more sports? Because I was too competitive – and because I wasn’t good at them, which meant I’d never win. But put me in front of any… Continue reading Since When Did Life Become a Competition?
I was in a meeting yesterday with other K-12 English educators, listening to a panel of professionals and college English chairs discuss the areas in which our students will need to be competent for college and careers. “Teach them how to have eye contact and be able to speak in front of a group of… Continue reading Less Screen Time, More Soul Time
Valentine’s Day is all about love, right? You make dinner reservations for two, buy your special someone a gift, and light some pretty candles. The stores get packed with the cultural merchandise in red and pink, stock kids’ valentines (that better come with candy these days), and teddy bears so huge, one might have nightmares… Continue reading Taking Back Valentine’s Day
I’ve never chosen a word for the year before – or a theme or an idea that will permeate the year. It’s not that I think it’s a bad idea; it’s simply that I’ve never considered practicing it before. But this year, I think I stumbled on one inadvertently – and within the first week… Continue reading Twenty-Eighteen: The Relationship Year