Wasted Resource

Bridge to Terabithia

A single encounter in elementary school led me to miss out on a valuable resource for many years. When I was in elementary school, I had a bad experience with a librarian. I know that must sound strange coming from a self-professed teacher’s pet. It was neither of our finest moments, but she was the grown… Continue reading Wasted Resource

Rare Appreciation

As I sit here writing this (on Sunday afternoon), I'm experiencing a minor miracle: I am watching it rain. This is becoming a rarer event with each passing year here in Southern California. (Our local news caught the image well. I love how they keep talking about our winter "storm" and our drenching rain. They must… Continue reading Rare Appreciation

Playing British Tourist

While I was attending grad school in England, I lived in Guildford, a town about 40 minutes southwest of London. One of its claims to fame was the fact that it is the only town in all of England to be home to a cathedral - only cities traditionally have that privilege. That cathedral was on… Continue reading Playing British Tourist


When I was in college, I had the privilege to attend an Associated Students leadership retreat. I had helped to found a community service organization, which earned me that seat at that learning opportunity. [Author's Note: Thinking about it now, why did I not exploit this fact to its fullest? I don't think I ever… Continue reading Imbalance