Grief & gratitude

Today's guest blog post is written by my friend, mentor, and former boss, Rhonda Bletsh. Thank you for sharing the depths of your grief, love, and gratitude with us, Rhonda. As the one year anniversary of my husband’s death approaches, I find myself reflecting on all that I have. In those first seconds, minutes, hours,... Continue Reading →

Love in a pandemic

Today's blog post in the love month series comes from fellow writer/blogger Toi Thomas. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Toi! You can follow Toi here: https://linktr.ee/toithomas. The past two or so years people have struggled to express and feel love. Many have felt confined by the limitation of COVID restrictions and struggled... Continue Reading →

February 2022: Love covers us

Tomorrow kicks off the month of February. You know, the love month. The month when the sugar-coated Hallmark movies, teddy bears, roses, and chocolate hearts overwhelm even the most sentimental. The month when those who are single stock up on 50% off chocolate on February 15. The month when lovebirds coo at one another even... Continue Reading →

Filling the God Love Space

Looking for love in all the wrong places. Right... I'm pretty familiar with that old tune. And I've certainly been there, done that. Lots. #IYKYK. While sudsing up and tackling a sinkful of dishes a few days ago, I contemplated this age-old dilemma. Why do we, as humans, seek human love so voraciously? Not just... Continue Reading →

Mimi’s influence

My former student, Sarah Humway, wrote this post as an essay for English Comp I class last fall. I loved it and asked if she'd allow me to share it with all of you. She agreed. Thank you, Sarah! The most influential person in my life was not only someone who could pick me up... Continue Reading →

Turning points

Dear One, When you died about one month ago, you caught me off guard. You became suddenly ill, and 24 hours later, you were eating pizza, fruit cake, and pudding cups in heaven. I can't say I didn't see it coming. There was something inside of me that whispered, "Go see her more often" about... Continue Reading →

Mighty kind

“Kindness is the mightiest force in the world,” according to One Day at a Time (299). In the past, I didn’t feel kind. I didn’t even feel like being kind. I felt like stabbing my ex-husband’s eyeballs with a handful of forks. If you know me now, you may be laughing and trying to imagine me... Continue Reading →

Dear Nana

Today's post is by one of my male students who prefers to remain anonymous.  Dear Nana, I know I am not the best at showing appreciation to you, but during this time of year thankfulness is a common subject that comes up.  I want you to know that I am very thankful for you.  You... Continue Reading →

Dear Kai

Today's post is written by my student, Katrina King. As a mother, I can relate to the love and pride she expresses for her daughter in this letter. I hope to write a letter like this to Maggie someday. Dear Kai Hey girl, so I got an assignment in my Comp class, and I think it... Continue Reading →

To my loving husband

Today's blog post is by my student, Ladonna Williams, as part of a brief writing assignment celebrating her marriage. To my loving husband: I want you to know that you have been a great inspiration in my life. Putting our friendship with love, we created our marriage. You accepted life’s responsibility and turned it into... Continue Reading →

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