Category Archives: personal choices

Nurse, Accountant, or Engineer?

As a technical/community college instructor of over 35 years, I know a little bit about students and their motivation, career questions, life choices, and challenges. Today on the first day of a new semester, I keep thinking about a young … Continue reading

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Nursing or Criminal Justice?

Right before class Thursday one of my students said he had ordered Crossing the Bridge free on Kindle and that he and his wife had sat up reading it long past when they should have been abed. They have three … Continue reading

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Play to Your Strengths

One of my brothers wants to start writing fiction, and we’ve been talking about the writing process the last few days. While I would also like to write fiction, I had to confess to him that my imagination is not … Continue reading

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If You Reach One Person

When I began editing Crossing the Bridge: Succeeding in a Community College and Beyond, I asked a friend and former colleague in the South Carolina Technical Education Association for some proofing help. After she read and corrected the manuscript, we … Continue reading

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Don’t Visit My Past

  Thumbing through one of my many journals yesterday, I came across a story I had jotted down a few months ago. I’m so glad that I took the time to record those few lines. Not only is it a … Continue reading

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Under the Hood

Aren’t they beautiful?  So young and full of promise, these young women on the cusp of adulthood had no idea where their lives would take them. Would they become mothers like Leah and grandmothers like Lois? Would they leave their families … Continue reading

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Dancing Helper

It’s not chick lit, romance, or mystery. And it’s not science fiction or Southern fiction or any kind of fiction at all…at least not yet. Maybe at some future date, I’ll try to write fiction, but at the moment, I’ll … Continue reading

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I Can Help You

Does anyone out there remember The One Minute Manager? A short, easy-to-understand management book written by Kenneth Blanchard, the author’s guidelines included one minute goal setting followed by one minute praisings and one minute reprimands. The ideas were clearly stated … Continue reading

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Going for Generativity!

As a teacher, I manage to insert a little something into every class period about how much better (happier, more effective) the students’ lives could be if only they’d take the subject matter seriously and incorporate some of the psychological … Continue reading

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A Vocation, Not a Job

I love this quote by Steve Jobs! The picture accompanying it is nice too. He looks so serious and pensive, almost as if he deliberately planned the photo shoot for this particular bit of advice. The combination worked for me, … Continue reading

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