Monday, August 16, 2021

Best Teacher Gifts


If you read success stories of people in developing nations who were able to improve their lives, so often it was because of education.  This is something that is truly taken for granted in the United States.  We think about gifts for our teachers at the holidays, or when the PTA reminds us, but truly the best gift you can give a teacher is your respect.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Should I Feel Guilty?

Guilt is a complicated emotion.  Sometimes it is justified, but more often than not it is "pointless and destructive" because you may not even know that you're being irrational.  How you internalize your moral values, and how demanding you make them can determine how many hours a week you spend worrying about things you have done.

Friday, August 13, 2021

The Biggest Mistake


Have you heard this quote from Albert Einstein: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?"  I have had many roles where I have had to mentor people, such as corporate supervisor, professor, and parent.  One thing I always emphasize, is that its good to make mistakes, just don't keep making the same ones over and over again.  

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Family Traditions

Merriam-Webster defines tradition as "an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior."  People often associate traditions with a specific cultures or religion, but they can be as simple as a ritual that families engage in over and over. My partner and I have made a point to create a set of holiday traditions because it gives us something to look forward to, and brings us together as a family.  

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Lovies: The Best Security Blanket


Did you have a "lovie" as a child?  I introduced these to my children at a very early age as a technique to help them sleep through the night.  Little did I know that they would become such an important part of the family.

How to Earn Respect

When there is conflict in a relationship, the complaint I hear most often is, "Something that I deserve, but don't currently have is respect."  I once had an argument with my mother, where she DEMANDED my respect.  Sometimes the way to get what you want the most is to stop trying so hard to find it.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

What to Eat for Breakfast


When did breakfast get so complicated?  In the era of avocado toast and Acai bowls, what happened to traditional eggs and toast?  Research now shows that its not so much what you eat for breakfast, but whether you eat or not.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Am I lazy


Most people qualify if they are lazy by comparing themselves to others.  But, if the majority of your friends and colleagues are not setting goals or accomplishing much in life, chances are, neither are you.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Should I Go To Community College


The best job I have had was as a tenured professor at a mid-sized community college.  Not only was I able to personally connect with my students, but I felt as though I was making a real positive impact on their life.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

How to Not Become Your Parents


As an adult, and a parent myself, there are many things over the years that I have done to make myself similar to, or different from my parents.  I think the biggest challenge was first deciding which characteristics were worth keeping and which needed to go.