#45: On How to Survive the Winter

#45: On How to Survive the Winter

It should come as no surprise that I don’t exactly LOVE winter. I don’t exactly hate it, but it’s not my favorite time of year. I love spring: Spring Break, flowers, happy colors, Easter, new spring clothes, warmer weather, LIGHT!!!! I love summer: Summer Vacation!!!! Freedom!!! Time to play, relax, hang out by the pool, […]

#41: On New Year’s Resolutions

#41: On New Year’s Resolutions

I’ll admit it: every January I get caught up in the resolution extravaganza. I love the romance of saying “goodbye” to the old and “hello” to the new. I love having some time to dream. I start the process by getting out and rereading all my favorite, inspiring, goal-setting books: Coming Up for Air by […]

#38: On January Organizing

#38: On January Organizing

I love to organize. I mean I REALLY love to organize. When I was young, I used to draw out my closet shelves on graph paper and figure out the best way to place my stuff on them. I have a journal from fourth grade called “All about Me” and on a page asking me […]

#34: On Hungarian Christmas Cookies

#34: On Hungarian Christmas Cookies

So we had decided to share favorite Christmas recipes in December and share a story associated with them. I immediately knew which recipe I wanted to share, but I don’t really have a story that goes with them, other than that we have made them every Christmas for as far back as I can remember, […]

#30: On Christmas Music

#30: On Christmas Music

The other Sunday, after we had finished singing several traditional Christmas carols, my pastor remarked that while he acknowledged the many lovely contemporary Christmas songs, nothing could beat the beauty and theology of the old hymns. I shared this with Susan the other day in the car adding that he obviously had not heard Toby […]

#26: On Operation Christmas Child

#26: On Operation Christmas Child

For me, the kick-off to the holiday season begins with the announcement at church that it’s time to start putting together the Operation Christmas Child boxes. This has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. There is something cool about putting together a box of gifts for a child who is a complete stranger. For […]

#22: On California

#22: On California

This summer while visiting California, I was walking on the beach with my best friend since seventh grade, and we started talking about how I felt about Georgia vs. California. She said it sounded like a moment in Sweet Home Alabama, where Melanie says “My life in New York works, Jake.  But then I come […]

#18: On Trying to Find Balance

#18: On Trying to Find Balance

I started the school year with a good attitude. I really did. I was ready to face the challenges, work with the new curriculum, and continue to become a better teacher. Surely this year could not possibly be as stressful as last year. It was a new year. A new beginning and I faced it […]

#14: On Perfectionism

#14: On Perfectionism

I am, for the most part, a perfectionist.  I hate to make mistakes.  I don’t like to do something unless I am sure I can do it well, or that I, at least, won’t embarrass myself.  This can be a paralyzing trait and I often have to fight against it. While watching the Olympics this […]

#10: On School Year Goals

#10: On School Year Goals

One of the things I love about teaching is the rhythm of the year. I especially love the fresh start that comes every August. I love starting over at school: reworking my lesson plans, improving and purging. But what I also love is the fresh start that comes in my personal life. The carefree summer […]

Copy Protected by Chetans WP-Copyprotect. © 2012 Book of Pamphlets