Ritual, Innovation, and Change

Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23 Blogging at the end of the night is impossible when my nights end late, which they did on both Friday and Saturday. Friday ended with these now regular chat with Sandra and Jerome over some wine and light snacks. I’m in love with the rituals this family keeps,Continue reading “Ritual, Innovation, and Change”

Beauty and Creativity

Well it happened. I missed a day blogging. But I didn’t miss a day reflecting! I still did lots of that, and just literally ran out of time yesterday before I could post anything. So I’ll be combining my thoughts on Wednesday May 20 and Thursday May 21 in this post. These last two daysContinue reading “Beauty and Creativity”

Tiny Cups and Orange Lights

Tuesday May 19, 2015 Big shout out to a critical colleague of mine at Oakton @DrGracia. She encouraged me more than she knows via Twitter. It’s tough to write daily – but I’m going to go, go, go. Thanks GNA:) Tuesday was a good day. A long day, but one with more firsts and aContinue reading “Tiny Cups and Orange Lights”

Holland Day 3

Monday May 18, 2015 Today was my first day at work with Jerome. We went to the Sports College in Utrecht in the morning where I got to see the campus for the first time. My first impressions were great – very nice facility, kind people, well-maintained, clean, and the athletics fields are in exemplaryContinue reading “Holland Day 3”

Planes, Bikes, and Water mobiles

Sunday May 17, 2015. Day 2 in Holland. Yesterday was a day of firsts. My second day in Holland took us into the city of Utrecht, a beautiful city. Much of the architecture is similar to Amsterdam and other parts of Holland, but it is much more laid back and less touristy. I wanted toContinue reading “Planes, Bikes, and Water mobiles”

Holland

I’m going to write something everyday. I’m going to try hard to do this, so I can a) reflect on what I’m learning and feeling, b) remember it, c) share it. This will likely be the longest post. It doesn’t take long when I travel to realize why I do it. The anxiety and stressContinue reading “Holland”

Don’t Worry

I have this bit of advice to share for all you new graduates – and some of us older graduates too: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6:34 NIV Whether you are particularly religious or not, whether you are ChristianContinue reading “Don’t Worry”

A Life Worth Living

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending a retirement celebration for the outgoing President of Oakton Community College, Dr. Margaret B. Lee. Peg, as she is affectionately known by all, is retiring after 20 years as college president, and 30 years total at Oakton. I could spend this post raving all about whoContinue reading “A Life Worth Living”

Evidence of Things Unseen

Colleges Campuses Are Full Of Subtle Racism And Sexism, Study Says. First, way to go Missouri for trying to own your stuff and respond appropriately. This is a good read, and more evidence of problems across the academy. I don’t expect my colleagues who are part of the dominant culture (however that manifests in yourContinue reading “Evidence of Things Unseen”

Cards, Kwanzaa, and Life Lessons

Habari gani!? Inspired by the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa, I felt it timely to write this post. It captures of the best of what my people have taught me, and how I want to teach others. Every year during Thanksgiving, the Wilson’s (my mother’s side of the family) come together for fun, fellowship, and aContinue reading “Cards, Kwanzaa, and Life Lessons”