Why I Keep a Commonplace Book

I have a terrible memory. I envy people who read a book and can relay the author’s ideas or the plot years later. I just don’t have those brain cells available to me. Hence, the commonplace book. I do remember (ha!), reading Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, and […]

Pandemic Reflection

It’s been a year. As I wrote in a post last year, I stood in the doorway to my office and I knew in my bones that it would be a long time until I would return. Here I am, writing this from home where I currently spend most of my time. As we recognize […]

Doomscrolling Diet

I consume most of my social media on my phone. I check Facebook occasionally to catch up on the posts of family and friends. I follow numerous dogs on Instagram. Twitter is where I doomscroll. I follow mostly politicians, policy wonks, educators, and news sites on Twitter. On good days, the tweets are inspiring, insightful, […]

Grace Over Guilt

At the end of each month, I use my PowerSheets to reflect on my goals and plan the upcoming four weeks. The monthly review includes the prompt, “I am choosing grace over guilt about . . . ” I’ve always associated the word grace with religion and it normally would not be a part of […]

Five-Year Journal

Have you ever discovered something and then all of a sudden you see it everywhere? That’s what happened when I learned about the five-year journal. I heard Katie Linder mention it in one of her podcasts and then I heard about it in other podcasts and articles. How can it be that it took me […]

Reflection and Planning Tools

Reflection Tools Anyone who has spent a New Year’s Eve with me knows I enjoy reflecting on the past year. I (gently) nudge whoever I’m with to fill out a homemade worksheet with prompts about the past year. When the boys were little, the prompts included favorites like snacks, toys, games, movies, books and friends. […]