During the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. My son recently asked why we have Black History Month and Women’s History Month. In his mind, there is no prejudice that would necessitate a special month. While I think this is a promising sign for the future of feminism, it also made me think a lot about the need to continue celebrating Women’s History Month.   From the dawn of time, women have been crucial to our history. We… Read more »

how to choose a college

It’s that time in the United States when high school juniors are starting to make a list of college to which they will apply and high school seniors are deciding which offer to accept for the fall semester. For some, the decision is easy because they have a dream school that accepts them and that they can afford to attend. For others, the decision can seem overwhelming and induce panic attacks. As a university professor who has applied to and… Read more »

I guess you could call that an argument in favor of polite argument.

  I’m going to start out by admitting that I hate to argue. I will avoid it whenever possible. I don’t like confrontation and prefer to internalize all emotion. So, chances are that I am not going to engage in an argument if it is possible to avoid it altogether. I may, however, engage in a discussion about opposing views. What about you?   Now, what if I told you that technically those two scenarios are the same thing? There… Read more »

  Over the past month, I’ve been thinking about identifying my gifts and what that really means in my year of personal discovery. After using input from my friends and having some honest internal discussions with myself, I finally wrote down what I consider to be my gifts.   Identify Your Gifts Teaching Education Writing Creativity Being Weird/Quirky I don’t know that I have a lot of gifts, but I think the ones I do have are obvious. My path… Read more »

valentine

  I have to confess that I really do not love Valentine’s Day. I guess I have a lot of fundamental issues with this gaudy celebration of love on February 14. There are so many pressures surrounding Valentine’s Day that I feel the beginnings of an anxiety attack just thinking about it. Really, there is no way you can win Valentine’s Day, and I think that’s why I really don’t like it all that much.   The pressures of Valentine’s… Read more »

creating a vision board

Vision boards have become increasingly popular over the last few years thanks to Pinterest. I’ve read a lot of articles about why you should have a vision board and what you should do with it, and this year I decided to finally make one. The one problem I had when creating my vision board was the fact that I don’t have a clear and definite focal point for the future, which is one of the main points of a vision… Read more »