The Places You Speak From

I had a dream last night that I lost my Southern accent, and no one could understand what I was saying.  My students stared at me puzzled as if they couldn't comprehend one word that left my lips.  While I don't necessarily think dreams have definite meaning or contain predictions, I can't help but notice … Continue reading The Places You Speak From

There Are No Bears Here

Something many people don't know about me is that I am nervous pretty much ALL OF THE TIME.  Need to make a phone call to a stranger?  Debilitating anxiety.  Going to a new optometrist?  Serious jitters.  Perfectly tame social gatherings?  Nausea.  Driving in city traffic?  Palpitations.  My life has been shaped largely by fear and … Continue reading There Are No Bears Here