Loving Mom

Recently I had an experience that was surreal in its timing and a reminder of the cyclical nature of life. Mid to late July I was anxiously awaiting the illustrations to be done for my book For I Am Yours and enjoying a rare time of fulfillment and joy. The day finally came that Lorraine … Continue reading Loving Mom

Episode 91: Seacoast Digital Fast with Jeff Stern

April 28, 2019 All In with Pauline Hawkins Jeff Stern is a filmmaker, senior lecturer in Media and Culture at Bentley University, and the creator of “Seacoast Digital Fast” an event taking place May 3-5. Jeff talks about how digital fasting became one of his projects and what he hopes the event will do for … Continue reading Episode 91: Seacoast Digital Fast with Jeff Stern

For I Am Yours: Watercolor Illustrations

I'm thrilled to share another completed illustration for my children's book For I Am Yours. Lorraine Watry is the amazing illustrator, and she's been blogging about her process for her followers and students. She has never illustrated a book before, but her watercolor paintings have won numerous awards. To read more about her process, go to:  … Continue reading For I Am Yours: Watercolor Illustrations

Choose to be Teachers and Students

My daughter and son-in-law asked me to speak at their wedding. I was honored but also hesitant--what could I, of all people in their lives, say about marriage? The only thing I know without a doubt. With their permission, here's my speech: As we gather to celebrate your journey together, I want to share with … Continue reading Choose to be Teachers and Students

The Philanthropic Experience: A Student’s Perspective

One of my current college composition student wrote a personal narrative essay that beautifully illustrates one of my ideas to reform education ( ). This is what I proposed in that post: The Philanthropic Experience For those students who don’t want to continue their formal education but aren’t ready to go out into the world … Continue reading The Philanthropic Experience: A Student’s Perspective

Friday Writing Challenge: My first kiss and first love

Writing Prompt: Your first love and first kiss; if separate, discuss both My first kiss: The sun was shining through the branches and leaves. His face was luminous and shadowy at the same time. Our faces were already close. The makeshift fort had just enough room for our young bodies to sit facing each other, our … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: My first kiss and first love

Blessing 27: Nelson

My father-in-law, Nelson Hawkins, was a blessing in my life for so many reasons. Even during the last few years, things between us didn't change. Nelson continued to send me Mother's Day cards, birthday cards, and Christmas presents--something no one would have expected him to do--yet he never stopped treating me like a daughter-in-law, and … Continue reading Blessing 27: Nelson

Anxiety’s Guide to Public Speaking

By guest blogger: Mirade Leigh           Some people have no problem speaking publicly. They can get up in front of a group of people, large or small, with confidence, without breaking a sweat; their hands do not shake; their face will not flush; they do not so much as stutter. If you are one of … Continue reading Anxiety’s Guide to Public Speaking

Hope Found: Lessons from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

I have a confession to make: I'm suffering. I say this not to elicit sympathy; I just want to be truthful. So please don't think I need a pep talk, want attention, or that I'm just trying to bring other people down. My truth may not be other people's reality, but I think there may … Continue reading Hope Found: Lessons from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Relay for Life: A Survivor’s Story

It's been five years since Ian was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor: Primary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain. It was rare, one in a hundred million; the tumor had sprouted tentacles, and we didn't know for sure if we had found it before it had spread; there was no protocol for treatment; there was no … Continue reading Relay for Life: A Survivor’s Story