This past weekend I attended an International Re-evaluation Counseling workshop for Colleagues led by Barbara Love. A number of provocative questions were raised that I intend to answer in my teaching. I have listed a few of them below. HOW CAN WE REINVENT UNIVERSITIES AS VEHICLES FOR LIBERATION? What is your vision of a rational […]

Being a subscriber to the oxygen mask school of life, I learned very early on that I could burn out very easily if I were the only arbiter of truth, the standard-bearer for ‘good’ writing in each classroom. Gradually and increasingly over time, I learned how to give more and more power of the pen […]

In honor of the coming semester, the first of May, a week of rain, I watched a documentary about Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who saved more than 600 children from Hitler’s Final Solution. It was truly breathtaking to see the ripple effects of his efforts across the generations. While it’s popular today to talk […]

I thrive on creativity. I have more creative interests than my basement store room can hold. Creativity has always flowed easily and effortlessly from my soul, to my brain and through my hands. But I realize that is not the case for everyone. Brene’ Brown recently offered a class via Oprah Winfrey’s network encouraging people…

Brené Brown asks good questions. She also makes a great case for empathy being a lever against shame and a bridge back to ourselves and one another (@Writing4RRR).  If, as she suggests: vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation… And, I’ve spent 20 years teaching and thinking about writing, what keeps me from writing about it? […]

Low five – If it is true that a picture is worth 1,000 words, I offer a photo for the daily prompt – Linger. This is how and where I would and do spend a good deal of my time each day – reading with my best friend by my side. As an educator, I am aware of the costs of ignorance. As one awake in the world and wearing brown skin, I have long suspected that prisons are even more costly to those they do not target. This letter confirms my suspicions. Not that I needed any. In 2001, the question why do we […]