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What’s the Word? Empathy

13.02.2014 | Writing

Sometimes I get confused about the meanings of empathy and sympathy. I possess neither naturally, so I want to understand the definitions to help my friends and family manage their expectations of me. Here is a cute little video, narrated by Dr. Brené Brown, which helped me a lot:  I came away from this animation… read more

What’s the Word? Ambition

6.02.2014 | Writing

I?ve long had a theory that ambition and contentment do not peacefully coexist. Ambition is: a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Contentment, on the other hand, is a state of happiness or satisfaction with the status quo. Ambition requires a certain dissatisfaction since if one is… read more

What’s the Word? Stop

31.01.2014 | Writing

There?s been some construction going on in our neighborhood recently so I?ve been seeing a lot of orange on my morning walks: orange cones, orange signs, orange vests. I had already been joking with the orange-clad gentleman holding the alternating ?slow? and ?stop? signs as I walked by, obediently altering my pace according to his… read more

What’s the Word? Leftovers

25.01.2014 | Writing

My husband won?t eat leftovers. So when we have too much food to finish in one meal, I?m really just storing the extra until I throw it away later. Storing leftovers is economical if one is creative enough or foresighted enough to repurpose everything, but my varied and delightful collection of containers isn?t saving me… read more

What’s the Word? Impressions

16.01.2014 | Writing

When I taught high school French in the classroom, I used to love doing units on French art of various time periods. One of the most recognizable, even to younger students, was always Impressionism because they?d seen Monet prints and Van Gogh posters in stores and could easily connect to something in French class. (Some… read more