October 14, 1960

One of the things I am most proud of is my involvement with Peace Corps–as a Volunteer, Recruiter and RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer/alumni). 53 years ago today, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy stood on the steps of the Union at the University of Michigan and challenged students to do more. With just 381 words […]


My husband is an avid football fan. There was tension between us related to football when I supported the University of Southern California (I worked there for a year or so at the turn of the century) over the University of Michigan in a Rose Bowl game, but in general we get along just fine […]

Fall Break

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! After 3 years of going straight from the 1st of August to Thanksgiving with only Labor Day for a break, New Orleans charter schools are finally adding a fall break to the schedule! My school’s 4-day weekend is much needed by everyone–including teachers who were back to work July 29th this year… Yesterday was […]

Inspiration: Suleika Jaouad

One of my favorite ‘reads’ for the past 18 months or so has been the Well Section of the New York Times. Besides interesting articles, they also have a number of regular writers/bloggers that I am drawn to. One of these favorites is Suleika Jaouad, a wonderful writer, whose column “Life, Interrupted“, gives a strong […]


As I’ve said before, breast cancer has been a crash course for me. In some ways it seems unbelievable that I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago because I am surprised I have picked up as much as I have. Digesting what I have learned and putting this knowledge into something legible is the true […]

Be Aware

So, this being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everything, part of my goal of writing 31 posts this month is to reflect on the BC ‘experience’. Last year, all I wanted to do was head to Upper Mongolia for a month because I was having a hard time processing all of the heightened ‘awareness’ of […]

Being Still

Personal day at home,  just me and the dogs. No students. No colleagues. No chatter. No distractions. No drama. No doctor’s appointments to attend, but I do need to pick up my Tamoxifen prescription. Should I get my flu shot? Quiet. Peaceful. Very needed.

Jumping into the Mix

Two years ago, my primary care physician wanted me to get a baseline mammogram. I’d spent the first 3 years of my 40s too busy to get one. Too busy with finishing grad school, healing a torn ACL, moving to New Orleans and trying to manage a toxic work environment. Too busy. Two years ago, […]