Summer 2017…

Summer 2017 is now history. This has been a summer I will never forget. After almost a decade of work in a community college, I was released from the grind of the enrollment cycle which had ground the joy of summer from me. For years, instead of savoring the best days of summer, I was rushing to fill the fall class. My days were drawn between the needs of the staff and the needs of the students with very little left at the end of the day. I could not have imagined adding anything to those grueling days. Continue reading “Summer 2017…”

Learning to play…

A few years ago, in the midst of a crushing time at work, a colleague said she was learning that the antidote to stress and fatigue was not just rest, but fun. She said she was scheduling lots of fun into her time off. She found that she was more able to handle the complexity and stress at work after having spent her time playing. Continue reading “Learning to play…”

Paint night…

So, the first of my 50 before 50 list is in the books. Friends gathered at the local paint shop and found ourselves right back in 4th-grade art class, only this time with wine. There were ten of us, on a very cold January night. Surrounded by vivid color, we headed toward the blank canvas. It felt like I remember art class feeling, awkward. My brain knew what it should look like, but my hand did not know how to produce the desired effect. Somewhat like writing with my left hand. Continue reading “Paint night…”

50 things…

So, this year (2016) my sweetheart turns 50. Seriously, 50? He’s um, getting older, and I am right behind him. We are moving quickly into a new season of life. I am excited to see what new adventures lie ahead. Instead of mourning what is behind, I want to launch toward the future. To do some things I’ve never done before and head towards 50 with exuberance, rather than let it creep up on me unaware. So, I’ve created a 50 before I’m 50 list…  Continue reading “50 things…”