Embrace Nature

Embrace Nature

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Love, For My Mom

My mother is one amazing woman. Her successes in raising me and my brother make me wonder if I could ever be half as good a mother as her. All I can do is ponder her strength as she managed to move our family across the country for my dad's job. I marvel at her energy that she spent volunteering at our schools for years. I admire her ability to lift us up when we needed it, and to let go when she probably would rather have not.

Mom, I love you. Thank you for doing so right for so long.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Just Love

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”


Today is a good day for a post. A post on...just love. Love one another. Love thy neighbor. Love yourself. Love your brother. Love your mom. Love your baby cousin.

Express that love in as many ways as you can, and as frequently as you can manage. Scream it from the rooftops or whisper it in her ear. Share hugs and share moments. Share smiles and tears. Kiss each other, hold hands, put your arm around a shoulder. Be quiet together - or loud. Write a poem, or just a word. Say, "Thank you," and, "Good morning."

Let us be reminded that nothing is ever certain, except for the opportunities that we take ourselves. So I take this opportunity to say that I love my family, and I love my family-to-be, and I love my dear friends, all of whom make this world a place worth improving, every day.

I love you.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


These past few days have been particularly defined by a love of learning.

I have started my physics class in quantum mechanics, and it is simply fascinating. I am deeply enjoying the fact that it takes massive amounts of brain power (at least for me) to even begin to comprehend the smallest fact.

I am learning constantly in my work with kindergartners in math class. My patience is tested at least daily. My capacity for explaining things that most of us take for granted is growing.

I'm learning to spend my time better. This certainly doesn't mean that I've stopped procrastinating, but I use minutes between classes to complete tasks, and I am more efficient with my lesson planning.

So I dedicate this post to loving learning - the process and the results, however difficult either may be.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


A friend posted on Facebook about three acquaintances who had passed away recently. The nature of his post reminded me that we must truly love one another, whether we are close friends, or just passersby on the street. Let's work to show that love. Allow it to shine through. Through frustration and misunderstanding. Through tears and through fatigue. Allow love to shine through just as it does with laughter, smiles, and simple questions like, "How have you been?"

Today I will work towards showing love to all my brothers and sisters in this community of earth that we call home.

Monday, January 21, 2013


It has been a long time since I last posted here. MUCH has changed.

I'm almost finished with my master's program. I'll receive my Master of Science in STEM Education in May if my thesis goes according to plan. And my thesis is about something that I simply love to research and discuss.

I have a part-time position teaching science at a nearby private school. I'll be teaching full-time there next year, science, math, electives, and after school activities. I feel so fortunate to have found a school where the students and teachers are all so wonderful; I love it here.


I met the love of my life. We're getting married in August.

My life is full.
I am full of love.
Love is everything.

So in celebration of these wonderful events (and many more things that will be revealed along the way) I am going to blog a year of love.

I will try to blog daily, but I make no promises. I'm 21 days too late for a New Year's Resolution, but no matter. There is plenty of love to overflow the remaining 344 days. Let me show you how.