Numbers, Body Acceptance, and Making a Difference

In the educational world, there is a video based discussion platform called Flipgrid which allows students to share their voices (and faces) with others. It's rather simple to use (even for old people like me), so I was a bit surprised when I could hear, but couldn't see a couple of my students. When I…

When a Diet is About More than Health

About 5 1/2 years ago, I embarked on a journey to become "healthy". At the time, becoming "healthy" meant feeling healthy. I wanted to have energy to run and hike and bike and ski. I wanted to eat without doing any type of math. I wanted my food choices to benefit my health, not destroy…

I Write Because the World Needs More Honesty

Why do I write? Why do I feel compelled to write down the jumbled up thoughts bouncing around in my head? I mean, it's not as if the words magically flow out of my head and through my fingertips with great ease, that's for sure. The process of writing is not easy. To be honest,…

Just Another (Whiny) Post Rambling About Everything and Nothing

So, here I am, sitting at home on this dreary Tuesday afternoon thinking I need to write something. Anything. Truth be told, there is a lot on my mind I could write about: I could write about the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. I could write about the 'new' diet I saw this morning on Good Morning,…

Teachers, Christians, Vegans, and Health Bloggers

Each fall, as my students embark on their first narrative writing piece of the year, I am reminded of the importance of (re)teaching the art of elaboration. My students will (fingers crossed) tell you that when narrative writers elaborate, they provide the reader with a more complete picture of who they are. For instance, my…