The definition of magenta

Happy Saturday, all!"Where flowers bloom, so does hope" --Lady Bird Johnson xoxo,shawna...more

Sun lovers

It felt like a near-death experience. Me. Turbo kickboxing after eight months away. Burning chest, raspy breathing, nausea. And my chipper instructor was happily babbling about the weather. While I glared, I somehow absorbed her information: Low 90s this weekend. No way! Too soon.But it's almost June and in Sacramento that spells summer heat.The only thing good about it? The (five month) burst of hot sun will be fabulous for my burgeoning tomato garden....more

Saying goodbye to Sac State

I found a parking spot without circling. The elevator was waiting on the first floor. My flip flops echoed in the deserted hallway. A few days after graduation and I found Sac State in full mellow summer mode this afternoon....more

5 Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me at Graduation

Over the weekend, I attended Sacramento State's Arts and Letters graduation ceremony. It was my first time on the faculty side and it surprised me how much fun I had watching so many of my students walk across the stage.I loved that the Communication Studies faculty lined the center aisle and shook hands and/or hugged every one of our graduates. (Next time, I might implement a High-Five policy because my hand is still sore from hundreds of shakes.)...more
@hazzeltoz I would love, love, love that!more

A grateful heart: Remembering their sacrifice

On this Memorial Day, I am feeling intense gratitude for the men and women who have laid down their lives in the service of others. I've been scrolling through posts about parades, memorials, and images of the devastation of war (see here for a very poignant and artful slideshow of veterans' injuries)....more

I've got to hide the big brains somewhere, right?

My classmates and I were in the elevator after seminar one evening, for some reason talking about what body part we would change if we could. It was my turn but before I could answer, someone said "Your forehead, right?"Umm, no, but thanks for telling me you think I have a giant one....more

School's out for summer!

Plus or minus 700 pages of grading in the last week. This teacher is tired and SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER!...more

Sacramento at 1,200 feet

Classes at Sac State ended yesterday. I should've spent the day grading papers but knocking around at 1,200 feet sounded so much more fun.Nothing like a nice long flying lesson on a breezy day......more

A very merry birthday to Mom-5!

Happiest of birthdays to Mom-5!Enjoying a damn fabulous birthday dinner at The Waterboy.xoxo,shawna...more

Best final ever: The Org Comm Amazing Race!

During my senior year of college, I took a class on creativity and communication. I vividly remember our final exam involving food and art (specifically, painting tiny totem poles). Since then, I've thought about tasty ways to end semesters with my students. Lately, that's meant potlucks....more