If I could go back in time and talk to myself at the age of 14 or so, what advice would I give?
And so most of my blogs have been in the self-help vein. I'm turning a corner on my blog, however, to explore new territory, but before I do, I'd like to look backward and recap my favorite blog posts so far.
My Top Ten List (in chronological order)
dead dog backwards--"This poem, which I penned rather quickly at DFW Writers Conference and have since revised, was inspired by a contemporary poet who is some-kind-of-wonderful named Joaquin Zihuatanejo."
A Tribute to My Grandparents--"I could say my grandparents were simple people with simple lives, but I don't think anyone's life is actually 'simple.' If they aspired to touch stars or see unicorns, I never knew it. They worked hard all their lives and seemed satisfied with the bit of comfort they had accumulated at the end of their lives."
On Hobgoblins & Roads Not Taken--"The identities we carry as teenagers remain with us throughout life. I still feel like I am the odd girl out of the group."
Becoming Wonder Woman (or how your body language affects your brain)--"Just by standing like Wonder Woman, you can hijack your brain chemistry."
be your best you--"This technique requires you to don a mask. The mask is made of up the characteristics of the personality you want to assume. . . . Yes, that's the secret. Pretend to be the person you want to be."
i was an awkward teenager--"So, yesiree, I was quite the awkward weirdo when I was a teen."
i am that racist white lady--"What I do remember is that guilt gnawed me like little, scrabbling mice. How could I have thought that Greg had had anything to do with the robbery? Was that the idea I had communicated to his mother? Had I bought into the stereotype of melanin rich young males? And more insidious, what did the idea that I had suspected other young men in Greg's peer group, boys he might have been friends with, say about my own notions of race and crime?"
Little Smudges of Greatness--"I told my students they had a little spark of greatness within them. They do. We all do. But if we don't constantly kindle that spark, it will die, and we will be left with regret for what could have been."
Beans and Fried Taters--"Culture isn’t about being fancy, or at least, I don’t think so. It is a much more casual thing. It's the everyday happenings that fill up our lives. My culture is paint-splattered shoes that should have been thrown out months ago and t-shirts with bleach spots. It's a dog with a muddy rear end and a bucket full of kitchen scraps."
Remembering James--"James was a nice guy, a genuinely nice guy. It seems like everyone has some sort of shortcoming, and some people make you wonder if their friendliness is authentic or if it's coming out of some sort of self interest. But not James. He was just a good guy."
I hope you get the chance to go back and read some of these...be sure to leave comments.
In my next blog post, I will use my crystal ball to look into the future. Oooh, anticipation!
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