Ray has been a good friend of mine for a while now. I've watched his academic career evolve from a somewhat quiet undergrad and grad student to an impeding PhD graduate. He is currently in his final stages of dissertation defense and I've had the pleasure of remaining a willful spectator along his journey. And … Continue reading Endure: How This One Word Moves Mountains
I just finished reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. It's a fictional story about a boy who crash lands in the wild left to his own devices to survive. It's a great story of inner and outer resilience focusing on only two main characters: Brian (the boy) and nature. His very real plight is coupled with … Continue reading How I Jumped Back Into Reading Fiction (and the hidden benefit)
I'm on LinkedIn and I'm sure you are too. There's some sort of unwritten rule that once you graduate college or are on the hunt for your next job that you need to be on it. It's a type of unsaid rule of life if you want to be seen by recruiters and view the … Continue reading Is LinkedIn Just Another Waste of Time?
Below I'll list three of my absolute favorite sites/blogs that I follow for life lessons, best practices, and elegant writing. Spoiler alert: No social media pages are included in this short list. Sorry. I'm a bigger believer in reading well-written, thought-provoking prose versus bite-sized junk food replete with click-bait, sensationalized headlines, and self-affirming, opinionated blabber. … Continue reading 3 of My Absolute Favorite Sites I Follow
Self-control is a vast, multi-faceted skill. It can be applied to many of life's circumstances and I feel it should be used more during these challenging, sometimes difficult days. More control can actually cultivate some of the best feelings of self-satisfaction and long-term well being. As this is an age-old skill and once a mainstay … Continue reading One of the Best Feelings in the World
When it comes to making a living I look at it in three distinct ways. One being having a job. A job can turn into a career or even a calling, but the sole purpose is to make money. You often hear this phrase when people need money first and foremost, "I need to find … Continue reading Do You Want to Dent the Universe?
One Saturday morning I was slowly trying to wake up to some episodes of The Office. In my eyes this is a perfect way to start my day. During one commercial break I saw ads for streaming news services. Phrases like "Get your news anytime and anywhere," "Always on," and "Be the first to know" … Continue reading For More Happiness Do Less of This
I've had to ask myself that question several times. I don't quit asking either for two somewhat opposing reasons, but I'll get to that in a minute. I do have to clarify my use of the word teacher. Here I'm talking about anyone who teaches, instructs, mentors, or guides others in a professional setting. Teaching, … Continue reading Do You Call Yourself a Teacher?