the inspiration garden

My spiritual journey has carried me through the aisles of many churches over the years, and led me to study and discover what most resonates with me.    I grew up in a home with little to no religion. My father was raised Catholic, my …

A hybrid life

This year, I am teaching students on a hybrid schedule. They are divided into two groups and attend school in person on alternating days. On the other days, they log into my virtual class from home via Google Meet.    Because this way of teaching …

“Es la verdad. Y la verdad es bella.”   Near the end of her talk as a visitor to my Hispanic and Latin American Literature course at Stony Brook University, Irene Vilar quoted these words. She explained that these are the words her father said …

Mrs. Shaw and Long Division

Have you ever felt completely out of your comfort zone?   The way I see it, when we feel this way, we have two choices: 1) we can stay in our discomfort and let the situation grow us, or 2) we can high tail it …