Success, Based on What or Whose Standards?

By the standards of the world, my profession, and my paying work, I would be the model example of failure in my career. I am not attending conferences, hobnobbing with fellow colleagues in the field, and I am not keeping up with current research and publishing.It is time to throw in the towel and call me done. Look up the word 'failure' (to do one's job well) in the dictionary, and my name and photograph will be found in the definition of the term....more

Going Beyond Appearances is Dangerous, Unpredictable, and Freeing

I stumbled upon an article on fake olive oil article this morning. We have been duped into purchasing fake olive oil masquerading as virgin olive oil. A desire to pursue health benefits has been trumped, at least in part, by the need to save money....more

Listening or Being Heard

From early on in life, I have enjoyed talking. Talking, talking, talking. I cannot recall the particular mélange of comments I offered. That period screeched to a sudden and grinding halt, when I found out speaking one's mind was disruptive whilst teaching was going on in the classroom or whilst others' voices were in seeming dire need of being heard. As much as I basked in sharing my fascinations and discoveries like an unbridled, exciting adventure, I treasured even more offering a listening ear to others....more

The Problem with Calling Something Broken, 'Worthless Rubbish'

A couple of recent events impacting my life challenged me to think more about how quick we can be to deem objects of misfortunes - whether physical or emotional, accidental or planned - as damaged or worth less.If something, whatever that 'something' is, is become less than we expect, then we should throw that something away....more

Celebrating Thanksgiving by Loving

Thanksgiving is here....more

Good riddance to fear of failure

If I could bid a forever farewell to a worry, that would be the fear of failure....more

Humor, a Wonderful Spice to Life

I was fine leaving the house in a jacket early this morning. Temperatures dropped quickly....more

Autumn Foliage

A Popular Destination I Do Not Want to Visit

I haven't had the opportunity to travel in some time now....more

Blogging, Not by Profession

In addition to writing 50,000 words for this month, for the NaNoBloMo, I am attempting to participate in the NaBloPoMo....more