gratitude

Learning to teach

A wise woman named Mauzelle who managed the Arkansas Methodist Church archives at Hendrix University once told me, as she tried to share her lunch with me while I researched Methodist women in the Ozarks, that she loves history and wants to do everything she can to preserve it. “It’s so important, you see, because… Continue reading Learning to teach

gratitude

One teacher makes a difference

*Big thanks to my friend Henry Petty for sharing his gratitude for his sixth grade teacher with us--and thanks to all educators who make a difference in the lives of students today. Stay tuned for other "back to school" posts.* I can count on one hand the number of teachers who really inspired me and left… Continue reading One teacher makes a difference

gratitude

Never say never

I've said NEVER about plenty of things. And eaten my words plenty of times, too. "I will NEVER get divorced." Done. Twice. "I am NEVER going to be one of those people who moves back to the middle of nowhere as an adult!" Done. Here. "I'm never going to date another alcoholic or addict, EVER!"… Continue reading Never say never

gratitude

Staying true to his altruistic roots

*Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy for writing today's post in celebration of National Teacher Day.* May 7th is National Teacher Day.  Since 1985, each Tuesday of the first full week of May has been a nationally recognized day to honor teachers. According to the National Education Association, the day’s origins go back to… Continue reading Staying true to his altruistic roots

gratitude

Eating an elephant

I'm not sure if I agree with Tom Petty's claim that waiting is the hardest part. Sometimes getting started is more difficult. Recently, my friend and recent guest contributor to this blog, Mary Agrusa, posted a writing prompt on her LinkedIn group, Christian Bloggers - Cross Currents, related to the word "initiate." I didn't have… Continue reading Eating an elephant

gratitude

Top 12 things I’m grateful for in 2012

Recently I wrote a blog post for my personal blog, My 2012 gift list, and listed the most significant gifts I received in 2012. I didn't list tangible objects or even relationships on the list--I limited my gift list to the intangible yet priceless blessings I received in the form of lessons, inspirations, and virtues.… Continue reading Top 12 things I’m grateful for in 2012

gratitude, photography, Uncategorized

Beyond Lucky

Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, my former professor and fabulous author, for agreeing to write for the Daily Dose of Gratitude blog. Beyond Lucky My maternal grandmother’s name was Emma.  She could shine a sunbeam through my gloomiest thought, sprinkle a soft rain onto my smoldering temper, and splash a dash of magic… Continue reading Beyond Lucky