menu of emotion: frustration for breakfast, anger for lunch, & guilt for dinner

I was almost having a surreal experience this morning as all my reading from two different parenting books and the Gospel of Mark began honing in on one profound theme: self control.  It was so clear, so cut and dry, yet so humbling and difficult to swallow.  In her book, Yell Less Love More, where … Continue reading menu of emotion: frustration for breakfast, anger for lunch, & guilt for dinner

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I have been working with kids since I was 12 years old. Different experiences throughout my life triggered my "inner teacher," though I never did pursue a teaching degree. I chose a more exciting and unconventional and international path for myself, but it never stopped from teaching. Having the heart of a teacher, however, doesn't … Continue reading volume control

The Promise of Easter Sunday

With death comes the promise of new life. With sadness comes the promise of restored joy. With pain and sickness comes the promise of healing.  That is the promise of Easter morning - the promise of hope despite the present difficulties and tribulations. The apostles and the rest of Jesus' followers and friends waited; they … Continue reading The Promise of Easter Sunday

Blooms to Brews: 10 Reasons Why You Need to Sign up for This Race

If you're hailing from Washington or Oregon or need any reason to sign up for your first race, THIS IS FOR YOU. As you may already know, I am a runner. I run in the rain, the heat, the freezing cold, the hellish humidity. I run uphill, downhill; and I use Nike Plus to track it … Continue reading Blooms to Brews: 10 Reasons Why You Need to Sign up for This Race

On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines, aka TIME FOR A SHOUT OUT

On my post for writers to post their questions, Victoria Crowley of VictoriaScotiaCrowley.com asked: “Outlines. Let’s talk about outlines. How can outlines can be a useful tool for writing a book? And what’s the best way to use them?” Outlines. Outlines are like a warm heater in a cold cabin after coming in from the … Continue reading On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines, aka TIME FOR A SHOUT OUT

Personal Rewards System

I have this huge jar of "Chocolates of the World." It was one of my Christmas presents. The serving size is 3 pieces, at 210 calories per serving. That's right, I count calories. These last two weeks, I was on "cleanse" diet, complete with fiber pills, probiotics, vitamins and and dietary restrictions which prevented me … Continue reading Personal Rewards System

home sweet home

It's the age-old interrogative sentence that haunts all of at some point, no matter how physically far away we are from "home." And where is home exactly? Today in social studies, I warned my students that after the lesson they were going to want to leave America and travel the world for the rest of their … Continue reading home sweet home

When the weekend really does end

I've been meaning to publish this post all week; now it's late Sunday night - so late it's already Monday - and, needless to say, my weekend is coming to an end. Last weekend was different because it was the bookend of Christmas break, the vacation I get here in America as a teacher.  Vacation.  A … Continue reading When the weekend really does end

The Year of Integrity

  My "bridge book" between 2015 and 2016 was Oola. That's right, pronounced just the way it's spelled: OOLA. The subtitle read, "Find balance in an unbalanced world."  The subtext read "The 7 areas you need to balance and grow to live the life of your dreams." I have no intention of doing a book review or summary here, but I will … Continue reading The Year of Integrity

Why I Run, Part IV: the conclusion of the matter

Sooner or later, taking ownership of something that is happening in your life becomes the difference between simply chasing a trend and actually taking action. Trends come and go, and once they are gone, all their glory goes with them. If you want something to stick, however, you must own it.  For example, I spent a fair … Continue reading Why I Run, Part IV: the conclusion of the matter