During this morning’s commute from the bedroom to the living room, it dawned on me that today marks ten days of social distancing. Despite not having set foot outside since Sunday, I can’t believe how time has flown by in this new world of isolation. The range of emotions I’ve felt over the course of... Continue Reading →
Social Isolation Day 1: WHAT IN THE ACTUAL #$^#&?!
A month ago, I was in Paris living my best life. Between visiting the Musee D'Orsay, the Louvre, the Pompidou, walking around the Marais and Les Halles, sitting in cafes sipping spritzes and coffee, munching on French onion soup and-of course-les escargots, drinking champagne in Champagne, conversing with the locals en francais, watching the can-can... Continue Reading →
Conversation Starters for the Socially Challenged Part 2
With the holiday season in full swing, I thought it would be a great time to revisit some of common social scenarios and provide some new conversation starters for those of you who find it challenging to mingle with strangers (potential new friends) at holiday parties or mingle with humans in general. Consider this my holiday gift to you!
A Birthday Memory
Today, I'm remembering my mom on her birthday. To honor her this birthday, I'm thinking about the things that made my mom so special to me--the aspects of her that I carry with me daily and that bring me so much comfort as I navigate through this new(er) journey without my mom in physical form. For... Continue Reading →
Who is Qualified to Run for President of the United States?
When I was in five-year old kindergarten, our teacher had us participate in a mock poll for the upcoming ’88 election. She set up a private voting area to simulate what the actual polls were like. All we had to do was cast our vote on the ballot provided to us by our Scholastic News... Continue Reading →
#shatterthetaboo: Time to Talk About Mental Health & Opioid Addiction
The following is a guest post written by my dear friend & colleague Morgan. We've shared a lot this year: a classroom, ideas for several creative projects, and the grief of losing a family member. Morgan lost her brother in February from a Fentanyl overdose. In an effort to #shatterthetaboo around mental health and opioid addiction, here are... Continue Reading →
We Are What We’ve Been Waiting For
As I went to bed late Tuesday evening, realizing that Donald Trump would actually become the next president of the United States and no, this wasn’t some horrendous nightmare from which I would magically wake in the morning, I thought to myself, how on Earth am I going to get up and explain this to the... Continue Reading →
A Walk In Central Park
"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus
Be Brilliant At It
“The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside us while we live.” -Norman Cousins Several years ago, a friend loaned me his copy of Words I Wish I Wrote, compiled by Robert Fulgham. As a young professional, not too far removed from my idealistic liberal arts college days, my mind was... Continue Reading →
The Dark Before the Dawn
“Remember,” they say, “that the darkest hour of all is the hour before day.”- Samuel Lover It’s been far too long since I wrote my last blog post. I could give you a laundry list of excuses as to why this is the case, but I don’t believe in excuses. It looks like I’ve allowed... Continue Reading →