Category: Reflections

Ringing in 2016

Like many, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions mostly because I understand that psychologically, many resolutions are made to be broken. We Americans joke about it every year, don’t we? When we lived in Indiana we were faithful members of the local YMCA. Since it was less...

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...