Come on Baby, Light My Fire

The task I assign a basic exercise in my art class at the beginning of the semester, where I have the students make a list of 20 things they love. It's personal and useful. This assignment was initially created to resolve the frequent phrase I hear whenever I assign a new art project: "I don't... Continue Reading →

Learning Between the Lines

There is so much learning in class ---curricular and non-curricular. Both categories are equally important. I often like to know where my teaching lands in my students' learning. As part of their final evaluation in the English class, I asked them to tell me what they learned related to English lessons. Happily, they learned a... Continue Reading →

Yes And… The Improv Game of Life

My life is the "Yes and..." improv game, just on a really life size scale. Here's how you play Yes and... An improv player makes eye contact with another team member and makes a statement such as: I found a box on the road. Player two says Yes and...we should open it. The conversation goes... Continue Reading →

The Routine of Writing

After reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield I pondered, because that's what any good book does---it makes you think. I asked myself: What does it look like when I write? What do I do? How do I do it? Great questions and I'd love to tell you* (taken from Elyse Myers, and thank... Continue Reading →

Dreams and Quotes Galore

"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them."The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho The student Is a dream also a hope or a potential destination? A student popped into my classroom to visit at lunch. Being part of this city's... Continue Reading →

Writing Processes

We are about to launch our fourth book in the Shepherd and Wolfe Mystery series. It's called Shepherd's Call and it's coming out on May 25. I just spent too much time on social media promoting the book launch---not my skill set. All the steps to writing a novel (at least for us) For those... Continue Reading →

What You Do Matters

Sometimes, we have no idea the impact we could have on someone. I do understand that we are all connected in someway or another and I accept that as a human truth. It's comforting. But besides knowing it, I don't consciously walk around thinking 'making a difference, making a difference, making a difference. However, once... Continue Reading →

Know Your Why

Two important questions to ask yourself:What do you do?Why do you do it?Micheal Jr.'s video Know Your Why is worth a watch. It came across my Facebook feed and I've looked at it several times. It was like a sermon of sorts to me and it's taken me a while to truly understand the totality... Continue Reading →

Pace Yourself

Because I run the idea of pace is very relevant when I am going longer than four kilometers. Almost all definitions of pace relate to walking, stepping or running. It's the idea of moving forward in space with rhythm. As an idiom, the word is defined as moving or making progress at a sensible or... Continue Reading →

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