Archive

Some days I’m just tired. I can’t seem to find the energy to exercise, cook, chat, or tackle any of the zillion and one things I could, or should, be accomplishing. But, rather than forcing myself out of my funk, which is sometimes necessary, I might decide to just go with the feeling…and have a personal meditation retreat day. Whether indoors or out, I can meditate for extended periods of …

Schools across the country are nearing their “start” date. In preparation for the new school year, now would be a good time for families to put a few processes in place that will help the year start off with a smoother beginning. For families, this involves considering a home study area, extracurricular planning, and an open, honest discussion about the expectations for both students and parents. (Parents, take note: many …

There are many statements I made to students when I was a teacher, and then, as a principal. Sometimes I would look back on what I had said, and feel good about the conversation because I had treated the child with respect, care, and consideration. And, then, there were the times I would consider what I had said, and how I said it, and simply shudder. How in the world …

The Guardian Teacher Network included an article that caught my interest this week. The Secret Teacher article was written by a professional who said teaching robbed me of my health – and nearly my life. Reading the entire article, we learn of a professional who had been a teacher for 13 years and was often referred to as a natural [who] achieved excellent results, [had] enthusiasm for [her] subject, and cared …

Winter vacation is almost upon us. Many colleges have already finished final exams, and high schools are similarly ready, along with their K-8 counterparts, to release the kids to parental oversight after completing school celebrations, performances, and other end-of-semester rituals. Martha Graham, an American modern dancer and choreographer, once said, Make the moment vital and worth living; do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused. Might you decide to …

Some people think of a gift as something one receives for a birthday, or anniversary. While I can agree that this is the case, I find I have begun to place additional value on the more standard occurrences that are included within my daily experiences, and I consider myself quite fortunate that they are there. I love looking at my back yard, and can barely contain my thanks for the …

A friend needs a push in the right direction. She wants information, but doesn’t feel comfortable asking. She did, however, share her thoughts with you, and you do the asking for her. She’d love to work on that next project, but feels overshadowed by a co-worker. That’s when you speak up on her behalf, and suggest to the boss that she would be a great addition to the team. She …

My father-in-law passed away this week. A man who came into my life in late 1973, he and my mother-in-law were my second set of parents, even after their son and I divorced in 1996. Grandma and Grandpa, together, gave my children a lifetime of memories, spending time with them every weekend, attending every type of “show” in which they were participating, taking them all dressed up in their fanciest …

Next week I will be starting a new adventure; I will begin participation in the Power of Self Program, offered by Marcia Clark and Associates in Southlake, Texas. This year-long program is promoted as an “opportunity for women, enhanced by individual coaching, that offers women greater clarity and a strategic framework for making deliberate choices in all dimensions of their lives.” It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Before the program begins, …