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At Institute last summer, during one of our Diversity & Inclusiveness sessions, we discussed the concept of there being one type of “good student.”  We were challenged to expand our definition of what a “good student” is.  The conclusion we were supposed to come to was that good students come in all different personalities, and…

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Mar 26 2012


I’d say the single most overwhelming part of my job is being a surrogate parent to a LOT of my kids.  Not that my kids’ parents don’t adore their kids and do everything they can for them; it’s just the amount of time I spend with these kids every single day. I can stand up…

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Feb 04 2012

for Sunday nights

“That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without caring for tomorrow’s lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig, and leaving God to think for him.” – Martin Luther

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Jun 04 2011

mid-year resolutions

I’m very into New Year’s Resolutions, and I thought that since my life is going to completely change in three days, I’d make a fresh set of resolutions, specifically tailored to my TFA experience. Without further ado, here they are: Don’t ever think about, talk about, or entertain the idea of quitting. Don’t expect to…

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Apr 11 2011

I thought it fitting.

“Then there’s the future.  Sheer vertigo.” -Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

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Mar 28 2011

mah kittehs

I have two cats – I adopted them separately in the last year – they kind of came into my life on their own.  I’m well on my way to becoming a crazy cat lady!!   They’re semi-outdoor cats (in at night) and fairly independent.  My family loves them and is quite willing to take…

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Mar 22 2011

return of the recluse!

As moving across the country/Institute/my new life approaches, I find myself pulling back from my friends here.  And when I have the opportunity to meet new people, I don’t really see the point – my chapter here in So Cal is closing, and the people who have been in my life for a long time…

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"If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln