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Sara's musings about how to age happier

Futzing

I'm  not sure my title is even a word.  But it describes, even by its sound, the state I'm in today.  I have two broken toes (after falling down two steps into my own bedroom) and have spent the last four days with my feet up or with an ice pack on my right foot.  I...

Real recognition

I was on a conference call earlier with my teaching colleagues, most of whom had won the same award I wrote about in my last blog.  There were 900 faculty nominated and 400 recognized.  The list was published on the website homepage by school (business, education,...

Appreciative teaching

It's Sunday and I feel like the kid who's not supposed to be excited about something in the future, because it may not really happen, but is excited anyway.  The "may not happen" part is in fact not fair because I was notified by the president of my school, Capella...

Here it comes

I just took my daughter Lindsay, her husband, Kelly, and my adored grandson Lachlan to the train.  After almost a month of being grandma day in and day out, the boy I love the most left to go home to Minnesota.  He leaves a big hole.  It is a hole made bigger by the...

A letter to my mother

Dear Mom, I had the juiciest piece of gossip to tell you today.  Guess what?  I didn't go so far as punching in your number, but I did have the conversation with you in my head.  No one liked to hear gossip more than you, and no one passed it along faster than you. ...

A scholarly take on individual learning

A scholarly take on individual learning

I have to start with a scholarly term, and for this I apologize to any reader who wants "the three paragraph version" as my dad used to say to his extroverted mother-in-law, wife, and daughter.  The term is identity construction and comes from the overarching belief...

Remembering and treasuring an appreciative teacher

Two weekends ago I attended a memorial celebration of my dissertation mentor's life at Fielding Graduate University.  Two other graduates who were slightly behind me, Linda Blong and Kate Creede  (also his mentees), and one faculty member, Frank Barrett, who was also...

Appreciating my first teacher

My mother will be 92 in a month.  She is active in her church.  She loves a party more than anyone I know, and will literally rise from her sickbed so that she doesn't miss one.  She loves her family and we have many, many photos to prove it.  The one I have chosen...

What I learned in Cambodia

Our guide in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, fluent in English, German, and his native language told us a joke one hot afternoon on our bus as we returned from one gorgeous temple.  He asked, "What do you call someone who speaks two languages?"  We all shouted "Bilingual!" ...

Appreciative teaching in an online environment

I've been teaching part-time and now full-time as an online university instructor since 2002. This work aligns well with my coaching and consulting work, and has, in fact, included coaching of learners and now faculty. Recently, with the turmoil surrounding online,...