Dear Myself, Teen Edition

  Dear Teen Self, You are a great girl, an amazing creation of God, and you’re doing just fine.  However, there are a few things you should know. You would do well to listen. Clothes.  It doesn’t really matter what brand your clothes are or whether they came from the mall or Goodwill.  When I just googled (that’s a long story, but just take my word for it that when you want to know something you “google” it) “Top Cool Clothing Brands” it sent me here.  “Guess”, the brand everybody who is anybody is currently wearing, will be #34 on the Best Clothing Brands list behind something called “Wet Seal” and “Pink+Dolphin”.  Oh, and there are 2 companies who ironically…

Keep Catching Apes And Silly Elephants: Don’t Forget Those Silly Elephants

My husband is a professor at a seminary, teaching master’s degree students.  He holds a PhD in Religion from Temple University.  We were married the entire time he was getting his PhD, and we have spoken a lot about education since both of us are heavily involved in that field, though at very different levels. I had an epiphany the other day that I’d like to share.  I realized that it’s not my fault.  I didn’t know any better. In high school and college, given a research paper in nursing, history, music, or almost anything else, I could write a paper that would get an A.  However, there were a few professors whom I just couldn’t please.  These tended to be in…

I Deserve What?

Walking down the corridor in the mall the other day I saw this advertisement. “YOU DESERVE TO WAKE UP HAPPY”. Really?  Why?  And how? The pursuit of happiness, according to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, is one of those inalienable rights right along with life and liberty. However, many of us in modern times have accepted the notion that we deserve the happiness, not just the pursuit of it. What is happiness anyway?  And how can we get it?  Merriam-Webster defines happiness as “a state of well-being and contentment”.  For most of history, and even today for many of the world’s inhabitants, people are doing good to have something healthy to eat, yet I meet many people who have plenty of…