Monthly Archives: April 2010

One Moment: Getting to know my students


We’ve just finished up our Spring semester here at the University of Redlands (we have what’s called May Term starting next monday for 3 and a half crazy weeks). Things have been incredible stressful at the University (some professors are going to be cut), and I was extremely glad to see this semester over. As I was working through my final grades, I stopped and noticed that those 32 names (I teach 2 lab/lecture classes each semester with 16 students in each) on my grade sheet had become 32 individuals whom I’ve grown to know and enjoy this semester. I have quite a problem remembering names, it’s one of my things, but it was neat to stop and spend a moment realizing that spending so much time with these folks, (who don’t want to take a science class, and usually have put it off til the last second) I now know who they are – not only their name, but a bit about their lives. And I’m glad to have been part of it.

Here’s a picture from the final poster session from one of my classes:

om [one moment] meet upalamodestuff Linda has started a weekly meetup based on taking a moment each week to really notice something as you go about your daily grind life. I need to do this. You may want to too – read more about it here:

Makers Must: Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side

Do you know Amy? She’s the smart cookie who started Blogger’s Quilt Festival last Spring, and she’s getting ready for the 3rd one, it’ll happen under a month from now (May 21-28) 1. Where are you located globally? We live in the Heber Valley, in Utah. Up in the mountains east of Salt Lake City,… Continue Reading

Joy: Kicking down doors and celebrating with Scoutie Girl

I’m getting some amazing comments on my “Kicking Down Doors” post from yesterday! My story is part of Scoutie Girl Tara’s newest project, a free e-zine filled with “door kicking” stories: You should definitely download it (click on the picture for a link to it), it’s filled with awesome stories. I am a firm believer… Continue Reading

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One Moment: The Bigger Picture

Another rose post, you think? Well, I do need to remind myself as I walk back and forth to my car each morning that there are some benefits to living in Southern California. Although I shan’t dwell on the negatives here, it’s tough paying the mortgage each month on something that is worth 20-25% less… Continue Reading