Guest Blogger: Letter to Millennials

As a college writing teacher, I have the pleasure of helping my students discover their writing voice and their passions in life. Every once and a while I will read an essay that I need to post on my blog because it lines up with my goals, which is to help people find their own healthy … Continue reading Guest Blogger: Letter to Millennials

The Problem with Choice

I know too many people who are not educators (and some who are) that are in favor of the choice movement in education. The biggest reason people want choice is to improve the education for their own children and then create competition so that other schools will be forced to improve or shut down. Unfortunately, … Continue reading The Problem with Choice

Joshua Katz’s TEDx Talk: Toxic Culture of Education

Joshua Katz describes perfectly the plight of American education, the damage it does to our lower achieving students, and the super villains behind it all. "We need to pay attention to our students and who they are. . . . How can we help them be better students? . . . How can we help … Continue reading Joshua Katz’s TEDx Talk: Toxic Culture of Education

Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself

This week's prompt: Ten interesting facts about yourself. I'm a first generation American, born from Macedonian immigrants. This fact, however, is not what makes it interesting. What is interesting is what I gleaned from my family and what I have tried to pass on to my children. My parents and grandparents experienced America in a completely … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself

Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie

Inside Out I know. This is a Wednesday, but when I started writing about Inside Out last Friday, I realized this movie was a post I needed to write about, not for writing practice, but to explore why it impacted me so profoundly. When I taught American Literature, I told my students that we study … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie

The Alchemist: #7-11 The Obstacle of Realizing the Dream

The Alchemist Posts  “Having disinterred our dream, having used the power to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the next day. Then comes the fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all … Continue reading The Alchemist: #7-11 The Obstacle of Realizing the Dream

The Alchemist: #4-6 The Obstacle of Fear

The Alchemist Posts Paulo Coelho’s words about the third obstacle we encounter when pursuing our dreams helped me stay strong during my own struggles. “Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus, we come up against the third obstacle: fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. We who fight for our … Continue reading The Alchemist: #4-6 The Obstacle of Fear

The Alchemist: #3 The Obstacle of Love

“If we have the courage to disinter dream, we are then faced by the second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. We do not realize that love is a further impetus, not something that will prevent … Continue reading The Alchemist: #3 The Obstacle of Love

The Alchemist: #2 The Obstacle of Impossibility

“There are four obstacles. First: we are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear, and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to … Continue reading The Alchemist: #2 The Obstacle of Impossibility