Go for the Grant

Go for the Grant

Personal Renewal is a MUST for Teachers In 2011, I submitted a grant to the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant committee. This is a program for Indiana teachers who want to be personally renewed outside of their profession. (Can you all give me a...
Educating Corey

Educating Corey

How a Troubled Student Impacted My Life—and Changed His This is Corey. Years ago, I was his 4th grade teacher. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Corey struggled with an alcoholic mother and a dad who really wasn’t a part of his life. They had no money, no support,...
Teachers Matter—So Tell Them!

Teachers Matter—So Tell Them!

A Challenge for Teacher Appreciation Week   In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to single out one of my favorite teachers—one who really made a difference in my life. Her name is Betty Wilgus, and she was my 1st grade teacher. I know it’s hard to...
What Water Has to Teach Us

What Water Has to Teach Us

Gratitude Changes Everything   In 2012, I went on a meditation retreat in Sedona, Arizona. (Yep … running 30 miles a week isn’t enough to calm my ass down, so I had to take up the study of mediation, too). While I was there, I was introduced to the book, The...
Belly Rubs and a Forever Home

Belly Rubs and a Forever Home

How Simple Kindness Can Lead to “Paw”-sitive Results Most of you know I advocate for animals and their welfare. I’m the crazy lady who pulls her vehicle over to rescue abandoned, abused, homeless animals. I pick them up, get them vet-treated, and re-home them...