Tag: advice

To be found again


To be found again It’s September 11, 2019 and I’m 39. I’m in my writing room–writing– because that’s what I do and because the last few days have been hard. My children started at a new school. Cindy started a new job. And I am back in the classroom teaching. Our schedules are packed with […]

Designing an extraordinary life (or what I learned on summer vacation)


Designing an extraordinary life (or what I learned on summer vacation) My summer began with a wedding and ended with a funeral. And life happened between. But isn’t that how life goes? Life is dog-eared, for better or worse, with big moments. Big moments that we cut and paste into a mental a scrap book […]

Are we having fun yet?


Are we having fun yet? All summer long I’ve been helping high school 12th graders write their college applications essays. When we first meet, most students see writing as a chore. Writing, like cleaning their room, is something an adult made them do. They assume writing is simply a matter of slogging through 5 paragraph […]

Taking your own advice


Taking your own advice The other day my brother dropped 2 cords of firewood in my driveway. Though I appreciate the free firewood the problem is I have to haul the firewood, piece by piece, from the driveway to the deep corner of our backyard to 3-walled, roofed hut where the firewood is kept dry. […]

What is a pebble jar and why you should make one


What is a pebble jar and why you should make one Day 20 of the 21 Day Challenge required me to make a pebble jar. What’s a pebble jar? Literally–it’s a jar filled with pebbles. Or in my case, a jar filled with poker chips. Figuratively–each pebble, or poker chip, represents a measure of time. […]

Have you ever wanted to quit?


Have you ever wanted to quit? Have you ever started a project bright-eyed, busy-tailed, and ever-optimistic? Have you ever thought– this project will be easy. Then, and rather suddenly– did the project prove difficult? Did things go wrong? Did you sweat and swear and want to quit? This week, Cindy asked if I could replace […]

Making progress (from pole to pole)


Making progress (from pole to pole) Last summer, when I was training for a 5k, to keep myself focused and motivated I often jogged from light pole to light pole. Visual markers were instrumental for my progress. I had to see the finish line. Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy, explains that people do not accomplish their […]

The 21 Day Freedom Challenge


The 21 Day Freedom Challenge Celebrating the Fourth of July this week I heard the word freedom tossed around a lot. George Washington won our freedom from the British and the American military has kept us free since and it’s wonderful. I teach many Indian students whose parents were born in India and immigrated to […]

The World Really Needs Your Genius


The World Really Needs Your Genius I am not religious. 16 years of catholic school (elementary, high school and college) can do that to you. When it comes to religion I have more questions than creeds. I hope to one day figure the whole religion thing out. But today I’m not here to share my […]

Perspective


Perspective A dear friend who has pancreatic cancer is not doing well. I thought a lot about her this weekend. About how she’s fighting terminal cancer and I’m out here complaining about heat and traffic and food prices and gas prices and how my children can be so ungrateful sometimes as a person I love, […]