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.

Soul Before Syllabi!

We are now just a few days away (again???) from the-month-that-shall-not-be-named, and what are you doing, fellow educator? Are you frantically working on syllabi? I am–but only because I’m committed to some work and other travel in the first two weeks of the month, so I have to prepare earlier than usual. If this is

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Are you on the edge of burnout?

You are not alone. This last semester was the most difficult semester I’ve encountered in my teaching career, which explains why I haven’t written in my blog in a long time. But recently I have been researching the issue and visiting a couple of places and talking with faculty about burnout. Here’s the bad news:

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Queen Anne's Lace

It’s back….the month that shall not be named!

Well friends, the Queen Anne’s Lace is out and the month has arrived: fall classes are on the way! What are you doing to get ready for for the year ahead? Hopefully not a lot of syllabus work. What I mean is, what are you doing to get ready for it spiritually? I’m headed to

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