On Photographs (or, What Will 2012 Bring?)

This quarter, I am taking just one class: memoir writing.  In it, we were instructed to choose a photograph—any photograph—which we are to later write a reflective essay on.  Instantly, I thought of this photo: One of my favorite snapshots of our time in the Dominican Republic, this picture captures a lot of things for […]

Oh, yeah…I forgot

Image source: stevebasu.net …about a little thing called laziness. Yes, laziness.  You know, that thing that forces you to watch Netflix instant, even when you have other, more important things to do?  That overwhelming feeling that seems to take over whatever good intentions you had for the day?  Yeah, that. I’m going to make a […]

Moving Forward

Image source: http://gurugilbert.com/wp-content/ambition1.jpg Sometimes, being stagnant is easy.  It’s easy to keep doing the same thing, day after day, year after year, decade after decade.  It’s easy, yes, but it’s not what makes a person happy. Sure, stability is nice.  I agree with that.  But you know what gets me out of bed each morning (aside […]

Courage Is the Thing, You Know?

I recently read Matthew Kelly’s The Book of Courage, which contains pages and pages of quotes on the subject of courage.  (Interesting fact: Kelly has been compiling these quotes since he was seventeen years old!) At first, I didn’t really “get” why courage was such an important topic.  I mean, I understood why a person would want to […]

Some Thoughts About Travel

The People’s Committee Building, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during Tet holiday It’s official: It’s been too long since I’ve traveled. I do realize that I flew to Boise a little over a week ago, but that doesn’t really count, now does it?  I’m talking real travel.  The what-is-this-stuff-I’m-eating, talking-with-hand-guestures, everything-is-totally-new-and-different sort of travel. For […]

Dream Are Only Dreams (…Until They’re Not Anymore)

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being a featured speaker at the Idaho Book Extravaganza.  And while I went there excited to be a part of the event, meet writers and editors, and talk to the community, I left with something more: a deeper appreciation for what accomplishing a goal can mean to […]

What’s on Your Bucket List?

While I was teaching in the Dominican Republic, we did a unit on Tuesdays with Morrie.  It really is a lovely little book, and it got us, as a class, thinking about what we’d each individually like to do before we die.  Not in a creepy sense, but it a life-is-too-short sorta sense.  It prompted […]