Hope :: Becoming a “Better Person”

I think we’ve all been there in our lives. We want to be better. We want to change to be what the world considers “good”. What does being “better” or a “good person” actually mean? I’m sure we all have our our personal definitions of what is “better/good”. For some people, this revolves around belongings.Continue reading “Hope :: Becoming a “Better Person””

Education :: Imagination Boosters with Writing

When Abraham Lincoln was a little boy, he had a dog. Most people say dog is man’s best friend, but little Abe was Spot’s best friend. They went everywhere together and everyone knew if they saw Abe, that little dog would be by his side. Spot was afraid of many things, but when Abe wasContinue reading “Education :: Imagination Boosters with Writing”

Hope :: Living in the Moment

I don’t know about you, but I often find it very difficult to stay right in the moment. I dwell on things that have already happened or I look ahead to what could be… It’s not necessarily a bad thing to remember the past or look to the future. However, resenting or ignoring your currentContinue reading “Hope :: Living in the Moment”

Education :: You Don’t Have to be Superman

If you’re anything like me, you have expectations for yourself as a teacher. You know just how much needs to be done, you know how many extra hours a week you need to work to get everything done, and you get frustrated when you don’t meet those expectations. Now stop and think for a minute.Continue reading “Education :: You Don’t Have to be Superman”

Hope :: Using Busy-Ness to Keep from Thinking/Feeling

Ouch. Yeah, read that again if you need to. If you’re like me, you stay busy to keep from thinking. Worse for me is to keep from feeling. I don’t like to feel my feelings, especially if they’re negative emotions. Double ouch. What I’ve learned throughout my life, though, is keeping busy doesn’t help youContinue reading “Hope :: Using Busy-Ness to Keep from Thinking/Feeling”

Hope :: I Don’t Want to Do Anything

You’ve had those days right? Or weeks… months… years… Those seasons in life where you just can’t get yourself motivated to do anything except curl up like a burrito and watch tv or read or stare at the wall? I can tell you that I’ve definitely been there. I struggle with it often. For me,Continue reading “Hope :: I Don’t Want to Do Anything”

Education :: My Favorite Writing Exercise

Okay, so I never actually got to do this exercise, but I’ve seen it many times and it looks like so much fun. I’m sure you’ve seen it online and you may even give this assignments to your students! Have them write how to do something. For instance: How to Make a Peanut Butter andContinue reading “Education :: My Favorite Writing Exercise”

Hope :: There is Always Hope

Bad things are going to happen. There’s no denying that fact. We can do everything right. We can make the right choices, hang out with the right people, do all the right things. And life still knocks us down and holds us under the waves. When that happens over and over again, it can wearContinue reading “Hope :: There is Always Hope”

Education :: New Year, New Difficulties

Happy New Year!!! You survived 2020!!! I’d love to tell you that 2021 is going to be better, but I can’t make any promises on that one… As I listen to the news and think back on the last year, January 1st doesn’t look very different from December 31st. We’re still dealing with covid-19. We’reContinue reading “Education :: New Year, New Difficulties”

The Greatest Man I’ve Ever Known

As I sit here Thursday night writing this post, I have to tell you, it’s one of the most difficult posts I’ve ever written. I know Friday is usually education, but education can be put off a little while. It’s been 12 hours – just 12 simple hours – since my Daddy went to Heaven.Continue reading “The Greatest Man I’ve Ever Known”