Ah . . . summer vacation, a time of lazy days sipping lemonade in a hammock with a good book . . . or not. Maybe that's what summer looks like for some people, but not this girl! I just got back from Forensics Nationals, a super fun but not so relaxing week traveling with another … Continue reading Blog Break
The ground. That is the depressing finish to this sentence. I went on a long (for me) run this morning as we are actually having a beautiful spring here in the high desert. Normally spring is non-existent. We just go from snow to mud to broiling hot without a whole lot of nice days in … Continue reading What I look at when I run . . .
I still haven’t finished my novel’s first draft, but last week I dug myself out of a bit of a plot hole by relying on . . . my education. Shocking, I know, but it’s nice when those English degrees actually come in handy. I was having a hard time transitioning from the all the … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #1 – The Departure
As they say, anticipation is half the fun. We get to imagine perfect outcomes for any experience we may dream up, but when the job, book, vacation, or even the restaurant I've just tried doesn't live up to my expectations, disappointment ensues. Expectations make me focus on the outcome, not the journey, and I wonder what opportunities I have missed … Continue reading On Expectations
I participated in my final regular season Forensics/Speech and Debate tournament as head coach this weekend, and last night at the awards, each of the coaches shared something they had learned from participating in this thing we call Speech and Debate. One shared that he had learned that the effective use of language to manipulate, … Continue reading Are you a Super Hero?
Whenever I take my Forensics/Speech & Debate team on a trip, the kids somehow manage to go on "epic adventures." Sometimes I hear about their shenanigans during the event or just after, but most often, I don't hear about them until much, much later. They're good kids, so they never get in trouble (as far … Continue reading My Next “Epic Adventure”
I got back from Sedona yesterday, and my husband commented on the picture of me on Devil's Bridge that my sister had sent him. "How in the hell did she get you to go out there?" he asked. He is used to me refusing to even ride a ferris wheel because it will, at some … Continue reading Forgetting Fear