As part of the District 181 Foundation Board I volunteer for, I have been asked to write a series of articles as a parent reflecting on the talks given by authors who have been invited to speak in our community’s school district. All the articles for this past year are shared here in the hopesContinue reading “A Parent Perspective: 2021”
Unplug and recharge. How to?
Sometimes a new lease on life can be created by movement alone as proven by this indistinguishable, tiny crab. Other times motivation, emotional readiness, and intention are all needed to create new surroundings.
After having spent a significantly longer amount of time in traffic in Sweet Home Alabama over the past week on our family driving trip, I had to look up the phrase, “Roll Tide.” What I found I liked. Other than the official greeting and cheer for the University of Alabama, this phrase can also referContinue reading “Roll Tide”
The flashback to last year this time is real. What the feelings were, the mood in the air, the strangeness of the unknowns surrounding COVID-19, are all coming back to me now. It’s happening to everyone I talk to. In step with the spring bulbs appearing, the memories of last year are unveiling themselves everyContinue reading “One Year Later”
Wonder, a noun: “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable” – Definition from Oxford Languages. In anticipation of possibly soon visiting Ann Patchett’s bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, who is one of my favorite author’s, I pay homage to her excellent book of the same name with theContinue reading “State of Wonder”
Having gone through the process of letting go of my mom here on Earth and living on since her death in 2019, I wonder now how much of the experience was a gift from her. For example, she taught me to fight cancer for as long as humanly possible. She taught me grace while IContinue reading “Perspective on Life”
A walk in the woods or on the beach is ideal, but walking outside in any elements can provide a boost in mood and spark creative thinking.
Finding Avenues of Healing Mentally and Emotionally from the Pandemic
The “Tend and Befriend theory” is an amazing scientific encapsulation of the positive well-being phenomenon we experience when we take care of our family and friends (tend) and reach out socially to others (befriend).