An American Failure: Confronting Urban Homelessness

Last week, while attending a conference in Nashville, Tennessee, I had a chance to walk around the downtown area. Traveling alone has always been something I’ve enjoyed. I can give myself permission to wander without any destination in mind — it’s a great way to get immersed in a new city. Without anyone else toContinue reading “An American Failure: Confronting Urban Homelessness”

The Day Cursive Died

I remember my third grade teacher, Mrs. Hubbard, telling me that in middle school, I would only be allowed to write in cursive. This wasn’t very comforting to the kid who struggled with the lines of capital G and S. Still, I was assured that print would be forbidden beyond the gates of my elementaryContinue reading “The Day Cursive Died”

The Best Birthday Resolutions Ever

The funny thing about being alive is that your birthdays keep adding up. Today, I’ve been breathing on this planet for 23 years (if I were a dog, I’d be 105). It’s been five years since I became old enough to vote and two since I could legally purchase alcohol. There’s no real milestone forContinue reading “The Best Birthday Resolutions Ever”

An Examined Life: In Memory of Dr. Joel Olson

“For the unexamined life is not worth living for men.” – Socrates During the first week of his classes, Dr. Joel Olson would hand out a pink sheet of paper outlining his theory of education. “Education is uncomfortable,” he said. “It makes you think about new things, challenges old beliefs, forces you to reevaluate theContinue reading “An Examined Life: In Memory of Dr. Joel Olson”