Category: Self-Reflection

Long Way To Go

August 1, 2018

When I was starting 5th grade, my mother wrote to my teacher that I lacked empathy. I caught a glimpse of that note, felt the […]

Noticing What We Are Missing

June 1, 2018

I put a stone Buddha on my porch Sunday afternoon. It sits within my plants. It makes me smile every time I look out onto […]

My Toenail Fell Off – Change Is Afoot

May 1, 2018

Excuse the pun in the title of this newsletter but I lost my big toenail. After years of dealing with a toenail injury caused by […]

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

March 1, 2018

Just returned from time at home seeing family in MN. Nothing like February in Minnesota. Actually, it was sunny and over 30 degrees on some […]

Democracy and De-pilling

January 2, 2018

At the end of December as schools closed and holiday parties concluded, I found myself with a few days of at-home quiet time. I noticed […]

“Aunt Jen, You Don’t Really Work.”

November 1, 2017

My nephews, age 6 and almost 8, are growing like weeds. The 2nd grader, Joe, has four upper teeth that have fallen out, making him […]

Embrace the Mess

October 2, 2017

If you know me as a colleague or a friend or a relative or as a reader of this newsletter, you might be a bit […]

Adulting is Hard

July 5, 2017

Happy July. The sun is out. Summer is in full swing. Sunsets and strawberries. Can anything be wrong? And who am I to […]

What Do You Stand For?

June 1, 2017

While presenting at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Connections Conference I met my youngest participant. She was to be 3 months in a […]

It’s Kinda Exhausting Just Living These Days

April 3, 2017

This past week I came home from what I thought to be a ‘somewhat challenging’ gym visit to a voice mail. From that voice […]