Hurt Feelings, Self Reflection, and the Joy on which I Should be Focused

Yesterday I talked a little bit about my need to adjust my thinking and steer away from focusing on unnecessary worry in order to endure life’s stress.  I published that post, and I got things done.  I worked in my classroom.  I worked around the house.  I ran errands and made phone calls that I’ve … More Hurt Feelings, Self Reflection, and the Joy on which I Should be Focused

Sail Adjustment

I recently sent this quote to a friend who was going through some major life-changing events.  This morning I found myself thinking about it in terms of the storm of my own thoughts. I woke up at 4:30, unable to stop thinking about the number of things I need to do.  I have a number … More Sail Adjustment

The Confederate Flag: We’re Cleaning the Floor When We Should Be Stopping the Bleeding

I haven’t watched or read the news much lately.  It’s too much for me.  The first time Joe watched me sit in front of CNN and cry was in 2007 watching the coverage of the Virginia Tech Shooting.  The following year, when The Secret Life of Bees came out in theaters, and May knelt at her … More The Confederate Flag: We’re Cleaning the Floor When We Should Be Stopping the Bleeding

Lessons in Grace: Combating Craziness by Calling People What They Are

People are crazy.  When you’re a parent of  school-age children, people are crazy.  When you’re a teacher in the spring time, people are especially crazy.  Coworkers are crazy.  Friends are crazy.  I myself am crazy. It’s dealing with this craziness that takes some effort.  What do you do when people and their actions seem to … More Lessons in Grace: Combating Craziness by Calling People What They Are

Discovering My Daughter is Different: The Challenge of Guarding the Good

There are some people in my life who I think of as individuals who just radiate goodness.  I’m not talking your average run-of-the-mill decent person; I’m actually surrounded by those quite regularly.  I’m talking angels-on-earth goodness.  They possess a kind of genuine sweetness that truly boggles my mind. This handful of people – my best … More Discovering My Daughter is Different: The Challenge of Guarding the Good