Monthly Archives: May 2014

First Lecture

As the ball dropped to welcome 1995, I made one firm resolution: Teach a class. I was working as a social worker at the time, and I had just been promoted to the Director of my tiny department. It was … Continue reading

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Phenomenal Woman

In memory of Maya Angelou, who embodied this poem in life and offers inspiration even in her death. May light perpetual shine upon you, Phenomenal Woman. You have been the voice of justice, freedom, respect and dignity for more people … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Today smells of cut grass, and fresh dirt. Breathing in the air on this Monday holiday of Memorial Day weekend, I am aware that wafting smells of burgers, BBQ, and chlorine-ready swimming pools also greet us in this coming-of-summer rite … Continue reading

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Ordinary Pilgrimage

This morning, I reached into my folder of conference materials and pulled out the Google Maps directions that I had hastily printed off at my desk before leaving work on Thursday. I was headed to Urbana-Champaign to attend a qualitative … Continue reading

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First steps

My daughter asked me the other day to tell her about the story of her first steps. She was asking because she came across a little video montage her Dad had made of her toddling first steps across the red … Continue reading

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Unexpected

My life seems to be filled with unexpected moments these days. Consequently, I have had trouble keeping up my usual writing pattern. I have beaten up on myself a couple times for sitting down to write late at night when … Continue reading

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Graduation Speech

It’s been a busy week leading up to graduation here at the University where I work. This year, I have served as an academic program director and as such, I was given five minutes at the microphone, as well as … Continue reading

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Lilacs

My house is filled with the pungent spring scent of lilacs today. ┬áThis is the first year that the lilac shrub we planted when we first moved here has flourished. In fact, there were so many blooms this year that … Continue reading

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Night Prayer

Lord, it is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God. It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been … Continue reading

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