A Poem of Contemplation

For as long as I can remember, writing has been a passion of mine. In grade school, I remember the excitement I felt when a writing project was assigned. While many of my classmates groaned in disapproval, I started imagining the possibilities. I still have a box in the basement filled with writing from my early…

What I Believe

As trite as it sounds, I believe that everything happens for a reason, and this belief  is what has helped me make sense of the struggles I've experienced in my life. It's easier to get through the tough stuff when you realize time will crystalize the message that was given to you, and make the experience meaningful and…

Finding My Focus

FOCUS! Being a teacher, I'm sure you can  imagine the number of times I authoritatively speak this word throughout the course of my day. You know..."[Insert name of student here], focus!" Seems to be my mantra on occasion. But now, the tables are turned.  And it's not as much fun. I must focus. After years (yes, years) of studying and analyzing…

And So it Begins…

Discover your passions and find a job that allows you to put them to use! I don't know how many times I have shared this unsolicited piece of advice with my three college age children. I usually follow it up with a brief lecture (and I mean lecture in the most loving of ways) explaining how the decisions they make today will…