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Being Prepared

A homily for Advent 1, Year A prepared for Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday November 27, 2016 Greetings on this first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year and the start of a season of … Continue reading

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Restorative Justice

A few weeks ago, one of my BSW students sent me an email.  She was doing a summer internship with the First Lady’s office and on the side, doing some volunteer work with the office for restorative justice.  Virginia has … Continue reading

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Spoken Word

When I was twenty-one and in social work school, I look a class in solution-focused brief therapy.  Back in the day, this was cutting edge and transformational to the way in which traditional psychotherapy was taught: lengthy problem-focused assessment and … Continue reading

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Mega Savings

I come from a long line of frugal people. Growing up, the grocery story circulars would come around mid-week, and we’d begin making a list by store chain of items listed for sale.  We often re-purposed an old envelope, so that … Continue reading

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Privilege and Egg Salad

Today, I am exceedingly privileged. I parked on campus, walked to my favorite vegetarian dive coffee shop and ordered my stand-by favorite lunch of egg salad on wheat with lettuce, tomato and sprouts accompanied by a side salad with orange-tahini … Continue reading

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We’re In This Together

For the past several days, I have been immersed in the learning, reconnecting, and networking of a professional social work education conference. I have to be honest: I have been to this conference for six consecutive years, but in recent … Continue reading

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Beads of Privilege

Tonight I am compelled to write simply because it was such an awesome, wonderful evening of class with my students.  Just to re-cap:  I am teaching undergraduate (BSW Junior) students this year after having spent the past 14 years immersed … Continue reading

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From a distance

I had been living in St. Louis for about a year when two hijacked planes collided into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. What I remember most about that time, emotionally, was the overwhelming feeling of being so … Continue reading

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What Sticks

Like many University faculty members around the US, the last days of July bring with them a palpable realization that summer is drawing to a close. Those elusive three months of summer…you know, the ones the rest of the world … Continue reading

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Journeying 1: The Past

During an early part of my social work career, I worked as the unit social worker in a skilled nursing facility for older adults with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. The challenge that I faced every day was how to bring dignity and worth … Continue reading

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