Category Archives: Education

The Parking Just Rocks…

January of 1987 brought lots of changes in my life. I started college in Kansas, far away from everything familiar at the time, and it definitely took some doing to adjust to my new life. Not only was I living … Continue reading

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Pure Magic

I can do something most people can’t.  I can be part of a magic trick.  Many might think that is kind of cool, but I hate it.  Well, that isn’t exactly accurate.  I will paint a clearer picture.  If Take … Continue reading

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Expand Your Mind

Toward the end of July in 1990, I was a twenty-one-year-old recent college graduate who was struggling to find my place in the world.  I had picked the college that I had attended based on the compact campus, and because, … Continue reading

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He Didn’t Help

 The most frustrating part was that he didn’t ask me. While the sun was melting away the icy traces of winter, and daring the world to adjust to the coming of spring, the adjustments that I was making had nothing … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Potential Caregivers

Dear potential caregiver, So you want to work for me? I think that is fabulous! I want this experience to be enjoyable and positive for everyone, so I thought it might be best to clarify a few things from the … Continue reading

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Be the Cinnamon

It was not the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done. When I wanted a snack one night, I opened a container of Greek vanilla yogurt and went to my spice rack to sprinkle something on top.  Cinnamon has always been … Continue reading

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“Independence Day”

Every year I celebrate.   This day fills my heart with a mixture of gratitude, awe, and not entirely inexplicable pride.  It’s not my birthday or a date when I accomplished anything impressive individually. But it is a day that … Continue reading

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