Winning and Losing

Winning and losing means so many things to so many people.  The terms winning and losing go beyond competitive games.  I use the word “winning” to acknowledge or affirm actions or a set of circumstances that result in  favorable outcomes.   In my opinion, winning always has a positive connotation for the winner.  Winners tend […]

Being perfectly abnormal is normal

“I love to be around people who retain a sense of childlike quality,” said Bryan Cranston when he appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.  His statement normalized my need to embrace laughter and opportunities to break from the heaviness of life to engage in a joke or a giggle.  Past experiences that made me […]

What makes a “smart city” smart?

“If you forget about the people, you miss what it is to be smart,” said David Graham, the Deputy Chief Operating Office for the City of San Diego.  I watched a story about San Diego becoming a model smart city.  He has been instrumental in the vision and strategy of using technology to enhance the […]

More Reflections on Mental Wellness

Have you ever said something like,”If only I had known then what I know now.”  I have said that more times than I can recall.  The truth is that I might not have done things differently even if I had known the outcome.  Sometimes I think that we believe that we can change the outcomes […]

How much will your adventure cost me?

I spend a lot of time coaching young people through transitions from kid to captain of their journeys.  I have watched some young people navigating the terrain like they chartered their course years prior.  On the other hand, I felt the wrath of the entitled youth too proud to admit that a glance at a […]

A Moving Meditation

Instead of spending time writing last Saturday morning, I made some early morning phone calls, went to an exercise class, went to a fitness tailgate, then I skipped the game in order to go hang out with a friend who needed  time to vent and laugh.  By the time I got back home, I wanted […]

Finding a way to love my new normal

About a week ago, I was not loving my new normal.  I decided to take out a journal, put pen to paper, reflect and sort out my feelings.  It might have been against my better judgment to reduce to paper some of the thoughts in my head intent on including them in this post.  I […]

My Home Team

Discussions about free speech and inclusive spaces on my campus presented an opportunity for my division to spend a day in July as a unit challenging ourselves and our peers to think about the intersections of diversity, inclusion, free speech, and respect.  We were asked early in the day to make adjustments at our tables […]

The beauty of a community of life learners

Last week I wrote about moments that have given me the shock I needed in order to reset my center and my focus.  The week I intentionally made decisions to further that goal of resetting. Flipping the switch to reset seemed simple and instantaneous.  However, I didn’t immediately feel that the goal had been accomplished or […]

DigiGirlz Rock!

I learned of the Microsoft DigiGirlz Camp several years ago.  It didn’t occur to me at that time that I would ever be a part of the camp experience.  It was no secret that I was outside of the target age range to be a camp attendee and my daughter outgrew her eligibility for registration […]