Archive for September, 2011

Into the Container

I’ve been feeling a shift. It’s not a change of seasons (we apparently aren’t leaving summer behind this year in Texas). I couldn’t describe what I’m feeling and thinking until I went to hear Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest with dozens of inspirational books to his credit, speak about his latest, Falling Upward: A Spirituality […]

Finding Flow

I watched Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talk about his psychological research on flow at TED with my journalism students this afternoon. I’ve been looking at a lot of interesting and reasonably short video presentations for the students to practice taking notes to capture quotations.It’s also a good opportunity to introduce them to some interesting ideas they may […]

Engaging the Heart

This is a portrait of Nutmeg by BZTAT. Last year, Vicki Boatwright, an Ohio artist better known as BZTAT, decided to work on her craft by making a drawing a day for a month. She was looking for inspiration one day, and I told her to take a look at the pictures of the kitten […]

Balance in a Storm

Now that I’m finally getting my sea legs in another semester, I’ve been thinking a lot about balance. Like most American professionals, I have my toes in many ponds. The ability to balance is needed when the ponds start getting all riled up. For example, my teaching pond has been swirling wildly for the past […]