"Once Upon a Deployment" for Books Make a Difference appears here. When the assignment first came in to cover United Through Reading, I imagined writing this type of article to be a slam dunk. I’d read up on UTR, write up my draft, and hit submit to my editor, Terri. After all, it combined … Continue reading Notes From a Reporter’s Desk: United Through Reading
In 2019, I’m going back to one of my first loves: writing occasional blog posts about what’s going on in my life. My only goal is to reflect on each month and as it draws to a close, take note where my intentions and actions intersect. I’m calling this 12 part series, “The Art of … Continue reading Paying Attention: April
Exactly a decade ago, I was sitting in a counselor's office crying my way out of a season of major postpartum depression and severe anxiety. I had lived through a very difficult and traumatic pregnancy and was trying to make sense of the ensuing remnants of all that time held. One of the things I'd … Continue reading Ten Years on the Internet
This post first appeared on Branching Out, by the National Military Family Association. When we entered the world of military service, now, almost five years ago, I set aside my part-time career as an adjunct English instructor at my alma mater. This was a job I enjoyed for almost eight years; a job for which … Continue reading #morethanaspouse
This is a question that has been floating around in my mind for several weeks now. In fact, it is a question I often consider as seasons change and when I find myself feeling stuck, discontent, or sliding into a funk. As my school year draws to a close and the pace of life is … Continue reading Does My Life Reflect My Values?
Since 2008, the first year I began blogging, I have almost always taken time to end each year reflecting on the previous months, experiences, and milestones. I'll be honest, some years there has been a huge sense of relief that the year is over. Every year, I find that by taking a few moments to … Continue reading Adios 2015
I want to take occasional opportunities over this school year to document some of the thoughts and feelings that are emerging as a back-to-work mom. There’s no telling just what I’ll cover here or what will come up. In case you missed it, I’ve returned to full-time teaching this school year under special and unique circumstances. I decided … Continue reading back to work || November edition