Mother ~ Daughter · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey · Teaching

Just Listen: Advice for a Quarter-Life Crisis

A Quarter-Life Crisis Last summer, my 21-year-old daughter, Jessica, was going through what some Millennial research experts and demographers have dubbed a “quarter-life crisis”—the oh-my-gosh-where-did-the last three-years-of-college-go-?-I-still-don’t-know-what-I-want-to-be-when-I- grow-up-and-there’s-only-one-year-left-of-college-until-the-real-world-hits-me-upside-the- head and-my-parents-declare-my- financial-emancipation! It isn’t easy living in the in-between. Jessica is not alone. There about 30 million young Millenials in the U.S looking for jobs, anticipating… Continue reading Just Listen: Advice for a Quarter-Life Crisis

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Teaching

Always We Begin Again

“Always we begin again.” –St. Benedict I just started my 39th semester of teaching.  I love the “beginning again” that comes with the teaching profession.  Two of my favorite things about teaching are discovering new ways to share the love of learning with students and the chance to start the next semester with a clean… Continue reading Always We Begin Again

Power of Images · Teaching

Why I Teach

Childhood Dreams As early as kindergarten, I identified teacher as a potential occupation in my “School Years” book, a collection of elementary school memories. My kindergarten-self chose nurse, teacher, model and mother as possible career and life choices, although the options were limited to traditional girl-jobs only. (I’ve wondered why I didn’t dare to select… Continue reading Why I Teach

Power of Images · Teaching

A picture can reveal the soul: Using images in the classroom

The soul never thinks without a picture. –Aristotle Or, as I’ve come to learn, a picture can reveal the soul. As a high school teacher, I work with teenage students every day…but it’s not every day I see into their soul.  The past few years I’ve started using images in the classroom as a springboard… Continue reading A picture can reveal the soul: Using images in the classroom