Wonder and Whimsy

Beverages That are Keeping Me Sane Right Now

It is an understatement to say that things have been a little crazy lately. With the pandemic and a very strange election cycle, a lot of folks (including myself) have been struggling with high levels of stress. In situations like this, I know there are a lot of things I can’t control, but I know… Continue reading Beverages That are Keeping Me Sane Right Now

Wonder and Whimsy

I have Discovered Bento Boxes, and It Is Pretty Exciting

I have been a teacher or professor my entire working career. There are many challenging things about being an educator. Engaging students is challenging. Planning meaningful lessons is challenging. Maintaining an orderly classroom is challenging. Grading in a fair and thoughtful manner is challenging. Working constructively with colleagues can be challenging. In reading this list… Continue reading I have Discovered Bento Boxes, and It Is Pretty Exciting

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How to Save the World Quietly: About My Friend AnneMarie

I have titled this post “How to Save the World Quietly” because I think we often believe that if the world is to be saved, we must do it in big, spectacular ways—like discovering the cure for cancer or brokering peace between warring nations. Of course, people sometimes save the world in big ways like… Continue reading How to Save the World Quietly: About My Friend AnneMarie

Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized, Wonder and Whimsy

Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade

I believe in the power of self-love, but I also believe that self-love is quite different from how many people think of it. People often think that self-love is going on shopping trips, getting manis and pedis, and treating one's self to chocolate and other delectable delights. And certainly these things can play a role… Continue reading Three Awesome Gifts I Have Given Myself in the Last Decade

Exercise, Exercising with a disability, Paraplegics and exercise, Play, Playful Exercise, Playfulness, Resilience, Wonder and Whimsy

Playful Lessons I Learned from My Mom: Paraplegia, Pandemics, and Play

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might remember a post I wrote about my mom that was about paraplegia and swimming. You can read that post here. My mom is a paraplegic and has been in a wheelchair for over fifty years as a result of injuries she sustained in… Continue reading Playful Lessons I Learned from My Mom: Paraplegia, Pandemics, and Play

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About Two Summer Online Classes I am Teaching on Writing and Play

Are you a little bored this summer? Do you need something interesting to learn about for the next month? Would you like to improve your basic essay writing ability or your ability to have a resilient and playful approach to life? (Eutrapelia is the virtue of play). Or would you like your children or teens… Continue reading About Two Summer Online Classes I am Teaching on Writing and Play

Healing Difficult Emotions, Uncategorized, Wonder and Whimsy

How to Use Your Imagination Like a Boss to Change Your Life and the World

Have You Ever…. Have you ever freaked yourself out in a dark room by imagining all of the scary monster, zombies, and bad guys reaching out to grab you? Have you ever driven yourself almost to panic swimming in a swimming pool because you imagined Jaws swimming up to get you? (And I am sorry… Continue reading How to Use Your Imagination Like a Boss to Change Your Life and the World