Ultimate Satisfaction

I use Proverbs 31 Ministries First5 app often to give me guidance as I read and study God's Word. (I hesitate to say "for my devotions" because I recently had a very thought-provoking conversation about the concept of "devotions" or "quiet time"). Terminology aside, I find it helpful to have a reading plan and to… Continue reading Ultimate Satisfaction


Thanks Giving

Tomorrow morning, I will load up the car and drive to Richmond with Jon. We will spend the next couple of days with my parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins celebrating Thanksgiving. I've been trying to remember what last Thanksgiving was like - how I felt and how I handled my circumstances. Honestly, I cannot recall… Continue reading Thanks Giving


For Sale

I am in the process of decluttering my house. I want to rid myself of useless items and objects from a previous life. Maybe I will refinance the house, maybe I will end up moving instead - either way, I'm ready to purge the house. Hopefully, I can make a little money in the process.… Continue reading For Sale


Know Thyself

After discussing The Enneagram personality assessment with a student, I decided to give it a try for myself. I took BOTH the short and the extended version of the test, and the same result came up - Type Six, Wing 5. Of course, I had no idea what that meant (and you probably don't either,… Continue reading Know Thyself


My New Starting Point

I know that it has been a little while since I posted. I've started writing several times, but I haven't been able to organize my thoughts.  The semester is starting to feel long. I've been sick. I know change is coming, and I feel anxious about what will happen. The weather is getting colder. Night… Continue reading My New Starting Point

Faith · teaching


When I teach my composition students how to write compare/contrast papers, I always start by discussing the possible reasons WHY (purpose) they would need to write this type of paper We write compare/contrast essays to show one thing as being superior to another thing We write compare/contrast essays to explain and support a generalized statement.… Continue reading Comparisons



Today has not been the best of days. First, I received some less than comforting news. News that creates a lot of unknowns (and therefore anxiety). Right on the heels that that not-so-good news, I had a devastating conversation with my ex. More plans unsettled. More insecurities stirred. I hate feeling unsettled. I hate that… Continue reading “Remember”