Finding Joy

The answer to every problem, both the ones I imagine and the ones that are real, is information. The greater its depth and breadth, the more equipped we are to find a solution. The more equipped we are to cut our losses, change our minds, or grieve. We are less anxious. We are self-assured. We have all that we need to be happy: information.

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Day 4, Week 15: If You Give a Moose a Muffin

I understand and respect emotional intelligence. Usually (not always, but usually) I can imitate it. I know when to pull back and when to lean in. I know what to say to get the desired outcome and what to say to fan the flames. I can do this because I'm a spectator, the sidekick character, … Continue reading Day 4, Week 15: If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Back to School: Free Lesson Printable

Last week's professional development workshop focused on mindfulness and self-care. We were encouraged to choose our personal Board of Directors: peers, family, and friends we trusted to advise us, mentor us, and counsel us. Colleagues who could share best practices. Elders who could share expertise and insight. Friends and family who could recognize and remind … Continue reading Back to School: Free Lesson Printable

Day 1, Week 15: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

My childishness is layered. A byproduct of the entitlement I inherited when I was a white evangelical Christian. (No disrespect intended.) When I was young, I hated childishness. I aspired for wisdom, maturity, and growth. I took work seriously, school seriously, family obligations, volunteer commitments, sports/recreation seriously. Everything was an elaborate undertaking. My failure as … Continue reading Day 1, Week 15: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

I recently attended a workshop designed for service providers of refugee and immigrant support programs. It was created for staff to gain a better understanding of existing immigration policy and to learn preventative measures undocumented immigrants can take in light of recent changes and the risk of potential deportation. For Houston-based folk, here is a … Continue reading Family & Safety Preparedness Resources (For Undocumented Immigrants)

Writer’s Delight (A Short List)

This week the Houston Museum of African American Culture launched its 40th anniversary tribute to Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. I discovered her in college when an English literature course inspired me to seek out writers of color because the ones I knew were few and … Continue reading Writer’s Delight (A Short List)

If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

This isn't going to come out right, but I'll try. Service has always been a part of my family. It wasn't something we talked about. It wasn't tokenized; it wasn't manufactured. It wasn't even referred to as service. (Saying it now makes me feel paternalistic). My father volunteered as a basketball coach when my brother … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 1 of 2)

Day 6, Week 12: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

I don't like not meeting expectations. It's why I went to grad school, why I stayed in state for college, why I say "please" and "thank you," and why I apologize when I'm wrong. I'm not better than this. I wanted to be a good teacher. I invested time and resources in order to become … Continue reading Day 6, Week 12: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

College Isn’t the Answer (but the answers might be there)

A few months ago I had an afternoon meeting that was scheduled down the street from my alma mater. Since I was still on the clock but the drive back  was treacherous, I wandered over to the Student Center to finish out the day. I graduated from college almost 13 years ago. Since returning to … Continue reading College Isn’t the Answer (but the answers might be there)