14 Hours In Light: Part 4. The Rising Sun, The Falling Moon, and The Epiphany

Part 4. The Rising Sun, The Falling Moon, and The Epiphany These seven minutes I spend on the summit of Big Bald Mountain, waiting for the sun’s first sliver to slip over the eastern mountains beyond Little Bald are, perhaps, the most powerful of my life. Within the first minute of standing between the falling … Continue reading 14 Hours In Light: Part 4. The Rising Sun, The Falling Moon, and The Epiphany

TBW Writing Prompt #1: Where Do You Find Energy?

  In yesterday's post, I wrote about the story of a barn in Finksburg, MD, and the charge of energy I received when slowing down to really absorb its beauty and purpose. Today's TBW Writing Prompt is all about energy. We all have at least one place that charges us, don't we? For some, that … Continue reading TBW Writing Prompt #1: Where Do You Find Energy?

Mindfulness in Schools: Empowering Students For Success

As we get ready to head back to school for the new academic year, I am aware of a movement that is sweeping across the country to make students and educators more mindful of their learning and their teaching. It is flying right in the face of high-stakes testing and assessment, but is it really … Continue reading Mindfulness in Schools: Empowering Students For Success

Writing Strengthens the Soul: For the Present and the Future

I say it all the time: Your Story Matters, and for so many reasons. Most of the time, the "Your Story Matters" phrase is something I tell people who want to write their story but are afraid to start. They might be afraid of judgment (more on this later about what assessment-driven writing is doing … Continue reading Writing Strengthens the Soul: For the Present and the Future

Dear Haters: It’s Time to Recycle Your Energy

There certainly is a lot of hate in this world. At least, that's what I've noticed on the online forums at baltimoresun.com, patch.com, and (of course), Facebook and Twitter. As a teacher, I see it every day. Teens use social networking to bully, spew hatred, incite hating trends, and generally unleash a barrage of negative, … Continue reading Dear Haters: It’s Time to Recycle Your Energy