creative thinking, random thoughts

Feels Like Summer: Book Haul 2023

It has been a few years since I posted my summer TBR pile of books. This year I claim the Summer of Reading for me. This is the first summer in 15 years I will not have to work all the way through. From 2007-2022, I was a middle school director, which meant I did… Continue reading Feels Like Summer: Book Haul 2023

10 seconds to Zen, random thoughts

Thousand Days of May

We have made it to 1000 days of May. You know what I mean if you are an educator (or harried parent). Sometimes, I have to ask myself if I am still breathing. Yes. We are in the last mile. There are the closure events: graduations, concerts, performances, awards, a series of events almost too… Continue reading Thousand Days of May

random thoughts, writing

Promises to Keep

It has been a minute since I posted here, and I still keep running into lizards everywhere I go. There have been many transitions for me this school year, and the processing for them has been all-consuming. Moving out of 15 years in administration back to the classroom and other hybrid roles has left me… Continue reading Promises to Keep


The Year of Meeting Lizards

Or how to slough off the past and be (more) fearless Hint: One toe at a time. The tail will grow back. In the past year, I have met more than a dozen lizards in different forms and phases of their lives. I have never encountered as many lizards as I have in the past… Continue reading The Year of Meeting Lizards

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That was the River– This is the Sea

These things you keep, you'd better throw them away. from This is the Sea, The Waterboys (Michael Scott) I can't get this song out of my mind. It is a lovely, haunting melody by The Waterboys from their third album. I listened to it on repeat back in college (in the dark ages, aka the… Continue reading That was the River– This is the Sea

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The Annunciation, Simone Martini I spent a bit of time pondering the life of the Virgin Mary today. Looking up at the crescent moon this evening, it felt like I was looking at a desert moon, one that may have hung up in the night sky for the Mother of G_d. What does it mean… Continue reading Immaculate

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What Do You Seek?

What you seek is seeking you. I have been attracted to this quote attributed to the 13th century Persian Sufi poet Rumi since my 20s. It makes a lot of sense since I am a medievalist at heart. But I'm a lot older now and feeling impatient at the transitions I face in life. But… Continue reading What Do You Seek?

10 seconds to Zen, creative thinking, daily draw, Poetry

10 Seconds to Zen (post 5)

Rhapsodomancy (in honor of National Poetry Month) Go. Go now to your bookshelf (do you have one in your home or office? I sure hope so.).  Quickly glance at your books of poetry or literature, and pick the first one you find (no more than 5 seconds) Close your eyes (6).  Open the book to… Continue reading 10 Seconds to Zen (post 5)


10 Seconds to Zen (post 4)

Bubbles, just bubbles Peace will find you as you blow all the stale air out of your lungs. I have found no quicker way to a smile on my face then when I am blowing bubbles. It only takes 10 seconds.

10 seconds to Zen, daily draw

10 Seconds to Zen (post 2):

Peace in an ordinary world Take a long slow inhale counting to four as you breathe in, stop. Now hold it for a count of three at the top, and then slowly let it out-- three, two, one. Done. It has been ten seconds, check and see if you have slightly more head space. In… Continue reading 10 Seconds to Zen (post 2):