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I use an app called “We Croak” that reminds me, five times a day, that I will die one day. Could be any minute–so the notifications appear on my phone at any time, day or night. Totally random. And the notifications come with quotations. This is the one that appeared this morning when I clicked on it. Lucille Clifton is one of my favorite poets of all time, and she said this:

“In the bigger scheme of things the universe is not asking us to do something, the universe is asking us to be something. And that’s a whole different thing.”

She’s 100% right about the difference between doing and being. I happen to believe that the universe is personal, and it is God who is asking us to be something and not do something. What’s the difference? Today it means I’m not going to worry about the fact that work is not coming easy to me. That I’m having a hard time focusing on writing or even reading. That the article I wanted to work on today is not going to happen the way I visualized it. Instead, I’m going to delight in the fact that I’m here, and that my primary work is to learn how to be someone who loves others well.

April is the cruelest month…

At least for educators it is. Why? It’s because spring break wasn’t nearly long enough, and the finish line is still so far away. So what can we do to get that last burst of energy needed to get to the end? Here’s my primary suggestion: double down on getting enough rest for yourself. I

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Pandemic fatigue making you long for an early retirement?

You are not alone. After a year of pandemic pedagogy, I find myself longing even more than usual for a small hut in Ireland with no students, no internet, and plenty of books. This article in Forbes indicates that many educators find themselves on the edge of (or fully in) burnout. This is no surprise

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Women in the academy gathering at the well!

I was so honored to talk with the InterVarsity gathering for women in the academy and professions about The Flourishing Teacher. If you want a sense of what the book or the group is about, you can listen here. And as always, Keep Calm and Teach On!

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