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Wellness Matters

Wellness Matters

  Today, I am blogging over at The Me First Movement about how I learned that taking care of myself was essential if I was going to be effective at caring for others (there’s blood, firemen, and a really awkward first kiss.  What more can you ask for in a post?).  Here’s  an excerpt… At […]

Note to Self

Note to Self

Today is my last body image class of the semester.  It’s also the end of National Poetry Month.  At the end of each semester, I begin to panic.  Did I teach my students enough?  Did I empower them?  Can they let go of ridiculous standards and appreciate themselves for the beautiful, amazing people that they […]

This Moment

This Moment

A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Want a signed copy of Beautiful You or Hijas Americanas?

Want a signed copy of Beautiful You or Hijas Americanas?

Would you like a signed copy of Beautiful  You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance and/or Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina for yourself or as a gift for Mother’s Day, high school and college graduations, and birthdays?  If you already own the copy you’d like sign, simply contact me and let […]

Why does body image work even matter?

Why does body image work even matter?

  Today, I am guest posting over at Medicinal Marzipan on why body image work is so important.  Here’s a quick excerpt:  Body image work, you see, can really change everything…  If any of us is hindered in being our authentic, best self, then the world suffers…   There is no room for us to play small […]

photo by Jill E. Williams

a blessing for this day…

 Okay, I just couldn’t resist sharing this poem written by John O’Donohue.  A dear friend sent it to me, and I found it such a lovely way to start the day that I wanted to share it with you, too, so I shelved the personal poem I was going to share today to post this one.  May your day […]

the great pitched roof of the Sugar Shack

Random Bits

Oh, the irony.  Happy and I were shopping the other day when I let him pick his bubble bath.  He got some Toy Story bubble bath for Christmas, and I thought for sure he’d be grabbing the Toy Story bottle.  Instead, he went pink. Yep, he grabbed the Princess bubble bath, and I happily put […]

Breast Cancer Benefit

Today’s poem is about the remarkable strength and grace I’ve witnessed in cancer survivors, in this case, breast cancer survivors.     Breast Cancer Benefit What matters is not the cancer. Nor is it the bald head, the misshapen blouse, the scarred chest, the ashen skin that does not seem to fit the sunken cheeks. It […]

my work space today

Using your personality to make things work (at work)

  “This is so clearly your classroom,” Jen said as she entered my room. She was right. It brimmed with my personality– bright posters, inspirational quotes, sorting tables for organized piles. Class started with a quiet warm-up. On Mondays, I told a funny story.  Fridays ended with a Happy Sheet offering insight irrelevant to history. […]

Photo by Jill E. Williams

Gringa

It’s National Poetry Month.  And here’s a little know tid-bit:  I almost didn’t end up a prose writer.  I went to grad school because I was specifically interested in being a better teacher (I used personal writing a fair amount in the history and leadership classes I taught), and I entered my MFA program with a […]