What’s the Point?

Has this ever happened to you? You’re using a colored pencil to draw when all of a sudden…SNAP! The tip breaks off leaving you with a useless shard and an imprecise, blunt drawing instrument. You decide to sharpen the pencil, but it’s not working. The wood is too soft or the lead is too fragile, and the tip keeps breaking off before you can taper it as much as you desire. Eventually, you give up because continuing to sharpen it is not granting you the results that you want. I mean, what is the point?

What Are You An Expert In?

It’s a question that I often ask my students, trying to ascertain what interests them and which accomplishments give them the most pride. This is useful to 1.) get to know the students better in order to establish a relationship and find ways to make the curriculum more relevant to them and 2.) have anContinue reading “What Are You An Expert In?”

Beauty in Mundanity

My favorite poem is “This Is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams. Even if you don’t recognize its title, there’s a good chance that you recognize its content. It begins like this: I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe icebox If you’re interested, you can read the entire poem here. This is a rather divisiveContinue reading “Beauty in Mundanity”

What I Learned by Trying New Things (And Why You Should Try New Things Too)

Last month, I challenged myself to try something new every day for 30 days. I started this challenge because I know from experience that I tend to be happier when I am open to new experiences. And doing it paid off! I felt so engaged and fulfilled while the challenge was taking place. I wantedContinue reading “What I Learned by Trying New Things (And Why You Should Try New Things Too)”

The Do Something New Every Day Project

I’ve always said that I would try anything at least once. I mean that mostly hyperbolically…but not entirely. I think that being open to new experiences has brought me some of the greatest moments in my life. This philosophy is the reason why I went skydiving. It’s why I joined in on a poorly plannedContinue reading “The Do Something New Every Day Project”

Minimalism Probably Isn’t Right for Me

As I rearrange my closet, I slide my tenth, eleventh, and twelfth dresses onto their respective hangers and place them onto the rod. The reason for this reorganization is to make my clothing easier to find, quicker to grab; it’s a way for me to ultimately save time when I’m choosing an outfit for theContinue reading “Minimalism Probably Isn’t Right for Me”

Social Media and Cool Art

My absolute favorite part about the existence of social media is its ability to spread interesting art (of all types) as well as portray the creation process of that art. I was first introduced to this idea while watching content on the vlogbrothers YouTube channel. John Green would talk about a topic that was onContinue reading “Social Media and Cool Art”

Oh, To Love!

So many people define themselves by what they dislike, especially on the internet. It makes sense; drama and controversy are very likely to entice someone to click, while genuine enthusiasm can be much harder to market. And if one’s only purpose is to entertain, ranting about terrible things will almost surely accomplish that goal. TheContinue reading “Oh, To Love!”

The Delight of Delight

Earlier today, I was listening to the latest episode of This American Life (that’s right, I’m a podcast nerd). They did a piece about a not-yet-published book called The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay. Within the book, Gay provides small snippets of his life and shows the way that those moments bring himContinue reading “The Delight of Delight”