What is Enough?

It was an unusual staff meeting. They were scheduled quarterly, but this-- the morning after we heard the news-- seemed especially frivolous, especially insignificant. When he won the nomination I knew he would win the presidency. There's a pervasive "me first" culture I see and hear (and, regretfully, sometimes participate in when it suits me) … Continue reading What is Enough?

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Day 4, Week 10: Measure Twice, Cut Once

He showed up in a miniature Toyota. There was enough room to seat four comfortably, but we were seven. Four of us over 6 feet two, 240 plus. We crowded in the tiny car, forty-year olds positioned awkwardly on the laps of twenty-something employees on an hour-long excursion to the outskirts. We argued about the … Continue reading Day 4, Week 10: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Day 7, Week 9: Don’t Walk Away

Dissatisfaction is a dangerous thing. It can foster resentment. It can breed contempt. Sometimes it's hard to know why we are dissatisfied, especially if we consider ourselves part of a larger community, one that may have had fewer opportunities to experience what we now critique. Sometimes we are dissatisfied with so many and so much … Continue reading Day 7, Week 9: Don’t Walk Away

Cold, Dark & Yesterday: Education Hiring Freeze Hits Home

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas instituted a statewide hiring freeze this January 2017. The freeze affects state agencies from now until the end of August 2017. State funded agencies are discouraged from posting new positions and are stalled from filling current vacancies, according to a memo issued by the governor's office last month. The Department of Family and … Continue reading Cold, Dark & Yesterday: Education Hiring Freeze Hits Home

Day 1, Week 9: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Choice is important. When we can choose, we have agency. With agency comes power. Without choice we feel limited and stagnant. We are powerless. We feel like we don't have control over our lives because decisions are made for us-- decisions whose purpose may actually be to incite an even greater sense of helplessness. When … Continue reading Day 1, Week 9: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Day 1, Week 8: The House that Jack Built

I wanted to be a stunt double. Everyone I knew was so afraid of danger, but danger was everywhere. I reasoned that it didn’t make sense to be afraid. The only way ‘round was through. Whenever I struggled to understand consequences and their causes, my father would read me the story of The House that … Continue reading Day 1, Week 8: The House that Jack Built

On Japanese Tanka & Coalition Building: Rose, Bud, Thorn

My parents used to help out an elderly couple on the nice side of town. Sometimes we'd help mow the lawn, rake leaves, carry the groceries my mom picked up, or straighten up the house. Sometimes while they were watching soap operas I'd sneak away to the book room and skim through whatever I could … Continue reading On Japanese Tanka & Coalition Building: Rose, Bud, Thorn