Counting My Blessings

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~ Henry Brooks Adams Drunken desert grackles and wrens were dancing the cha-cha and singing until all hours last night. My Palo Brea is awash in yellow flowers that are apparently quite tasty and fun for birdies.  They were having a nectar festival … More Counting My Blessings

Taming the Dragon

Our fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke The past couple of years have been almost exclusively about conquering, dismantling and letting go of my fears.  I’ve been afraid of so many things.  Risk.  Love.  Success. Failure. I feared if I looked at my own shadow side, it might swallow … More Taming the Dragon

Dear Inner Child

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ~ Antoine Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943 Trust me. Everything will be OK. It is the end of another semester — crunch time  — which as a college instructor means everything is bound to be absolutely insane, … More Dear Inner Child