It was an unusual staff meeting. They were scheduled quarterly, but this-- the morning after we heard the news-- seemed especially frivolous, especially insignificant. When he won the nomination I knew he would win the presidency. There's a pervasive "me first" culture I see and hear (and, regretfully, sometimes participate in when it suits me) … Continue reading What is Enough?
He showed up in a miniature Toyota. There was enough room to seat four comfortably, but we were seven. Four of us over 6 feet two, 240 plus. We crowded in the tiny car, forty-year olds positioned awkwardly on the laps of twenty-something employees on an hour-long excursion to the outskirts. We argued about the … Continue reading Day 4, Week 10: Measure Twice, Cut Once
Dissatisfaction is a dangerous thing. It can foster resentment. It can breed contempt. Sometimes it's hard to know why we are dissatisfied, especially if we consider ourselves part of a larger community, one that may have had fewer opportunities to experience what we now critique. Sometimes we are dissatisfied with so many and so much … Continue reading Day 7, Week 9: Don’t Walk Away
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas instituted a statewide hiring freeze this January 2017. The freeze affects state agencies from now until the end of August 2017. State funded agencies are discouraged from posting new positions and are stalled from filling current vacancies, according to a memo issued by the governor's office last month. The Department of Family and … Continue reading Cold, Dark & Yesterday: Education Hiring Freeze Hits Home
I don't want to live a life characterized by anger. It's why I write, why I move, why I leave. It's why I value reconciliation, resolution, and reflection. It's why I consider myself part of the problem first, then work backwards from there. It's why I don't watch movies with Kirsten Dunst, Nicolas Cage, or … Continue reading A Friendship, Dying
He would have become the hero, but he wasn't sure that he was ready. He wasn't quite sure if he was capable or even willing. He'd been poor and been preyed upon for much too long. It made him selfish. It made him angry. He'd lost his wife during the war because he wouldn't be a … Continue reading Love in our Time of Cholera
Choice is important. When we can choose, we have agency. With agency comes power. Without choice we feel limited and stagnant. We are powerless. We feel like we don't have control over our lives because decisions are made for us-- decisions whose purpose may actually be to incite an even greater sense of helplessness. When … Continue reading Day 1, Week 9: You Can’t Always Get What You Want