Category: Reflections

A Star Wars Reawakening

Born in the 70s, raised in the 80s, Star Wars has always been a part of my life. A New Hope was released two years before I was born, Empire a year after I was born, and while I never saw the original three movies when they were first...

So You Want to Change the World

Want to change the world? Stop with the politics and start with a heart to heart. I have a feeling that will finally get all of us where we want to go....

Yep, It’s Hot

The winter of 2014 was brutal in the upper Midwest. It was bitterly cold and we didn’t see the ground until near the end of March. Our family took a spring break vacation down to Florida and it seemed like we were traveling with half of the Midwest. A...

Valuing Alone Time

I am a social introvert. I love people. I love talking (as anyone who knows me well knows far too well). I really do love cities and all the things that cities offer. But I also value being alone. This last semester of teaching was an odd semester for...

The Importance of Finding Closure

Throughout my life I have been forced to say a lot of goodbyes. Some of those goodbyes were imposed on me by others (like the various times throughout my childhood when we moved) and some of those goodbyes were by choice. The end of various youth events when I...