Hazy Sick Induced Realty Shift (or a word that needs to be invented)

I’ve been battling a cold for the past week. The worst is over: the headache, stuffy nose, sinus pressure. The fatigue and brain fog still remain. Any time I get a cold I’m always “out of it.” Not just slow brain processing time, but as if I’m thinking differently. I’m not quite sure how to…

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Practicing Imperfection

Have I mentioned how much I love fabric? I don’t think so. Allow me to mention it. I love textiles. The feel – smooth, cool silk; cozy, warm flannel; crisp, strong cotton. The patterns and designs – each one a piece of art. The possibilities – a dress, an apron, a quilt? Yes, a quilt.…

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Maybe the Routine Isn’t the Problem

Last week was Spring Break. Everyone was ready for it. The students. Me. I was especially ready for some down time while battling this antibiotic that hopefully has killed the bacteria. (*See below for an update.) I love a break from my routine. I can easily feel confined by having to be at a certain…

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To Live Counter-Culture

A couple of weeks ago I got bit by an unidentified insect. Three times on the inner crease of my left arm. I have no idea who the culprit was or when it happened. I do know that it got infected, with a large red bullseye around two of the bites. Almost a week after…

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The Wildly Unpredictable Hope of Spring

I always say that fall and spring are my favorite seasons – usually in the dead of winter or scorching summer when I’m looking forward to relief from extreme temperatures. But as the winter freeze begins to thaw, I find 80 degrees with glittering sunshine one day and 50 degrees with overcast skies and pouring…

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Anything Who Can Do

I’m pretty sure we’re all aware that the Winter Olympics started this last weekend. I love the Olympics, especially the Winter Games (ironic since I detest snow). My heart swells and I get teary-eyed watching the hopeful athletes march in with excitement and anticipation, especially from unlikely countries with only one or two athletes. I…

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Techsparation Anxiety

When I decided to go back into teaching, the one thing I dreaded most was cell phones in the classroom. I knew it would be an issue, so I decided that I just wasn’t going to let it bother me. At first it didn’t. I would tell students to put their phones away when we…

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One Part of the Whole

Agree. This is one of those words that I automatically associate with its opposite – disagree. Agree has lovely images of harmony and unity, to be of one mind. This rarely happens. Several years ago, I worked on a committee with someone who routinely stated, “We can all agree that . . .” knowing full…

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Branding

I’ve been thinking about branding a fair amount lately. Probably because my Naïve Pilgrim Instagram account is new, I’m getting a lot of ads in my feed promising to help me define my brand and grow my following by thousands a day. I took marketing classes in college and understand the importance of branding, especially…

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No Excuses Needed, It’s Nap Season

We’re not yet two weeks into the new year, and I’m already seeing posts of people shaming themselves with confessions of failing miserably to follow through on resolutions. This is why I don’t make resolutions. We don’t stick to them. Then we feel like failures. It’s good that we can be open about our lack…

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