My sister and I have different (and sometimes opposing) views on many topics. Despite our differences, we manage to have honest, respectful conversations. (And we end our phone calls, with 'I love you'.) Last week, she asked me why I thought there was so much hate in the world. I've been thinking about this a … Continue reading Why We Hate
I've never been one to make waves. Okay...I may have a couple of times. Once in the mid 90's and again in the early 00's. Neither ended well. Even hearing people argue is incredibly uncomfortable. As a result, I avoid conflict. I hold my tongue, hide my feelings, and provide too much space and too … Continue reading What’s Better Than an Uncomfortable Conversation?
Lots of feelings here. I'm frustrated. Frustrated by conspiracy theories. Frustrated by lies. Frustrated by social media funneling people into extreme communities. I'm sad. Sad so many are susceptible to misinformation due to isolation and anger. I'm frightened. Frightened the silence of many can make the voices of few deafening. Frightened by people who are … Continue reading Questions I Need to Answer
2019? Action. 2020? 2020. T-w-e-n-t-y-t-w-e-n-t-y... Hmmm...no idea. Checking... Ah, yes! Relationships. In hindsight (you betcha that was intentional), an interesting word choice for 2020. Despite not remembering my 2020 word, I wasn't an abject failure. At any rate, here we are. New year (thank goodness), new word. I believe 'one word' should be about change. … Continue reading What’s Your One Word for 2021?
My middle school experience was beyond awesome! Really. If you don't believe me, refer to the above punctuation mark. Of course, I wasn't a student (I did the 'junior high' thing...some of you may be familiar with that concept), I was a middle school teacher. I'm not saying there weren't a few challenges along the … Continue reading A Tale of Two Classes
Aren't you amazed at how political posts on social media completely change your views? (insert eye rolling emoji here)
You are so in luck. You would not believe the helpful advice I have for you this week. Just doing all I can to make the world a better place to be.
Feeling a little sassy. Trying to lighten the mood, while making you think.
I'll start with a little confession. Shortly after moving into the neighborhood, my husband and I took Quinn for a walk. (That's not the confession.) On our walk, we saw a sign similar to this in a neighbor's yard: Now we had not yet met this neighbor, but that did not prevent me from making … Continue reading Be Part of the Solution
Values. You know, your personal beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. Those non-negotiables in your life. Want to know what other people value? Just sit back and observe. Want to know how others can identify your values? Yep. You got it. The words you speak, the actions you take, how you spend … Continue reading Careful! Your Values are Showing