The Trouble with Titles

Hello. Nice to meet you. How are you? What brings you here today? Where are you from? What do you do? The inevitable question. The dreaded query. There’s so much weight, so many assumptions, and so much at stake riding on the answer. What will people think when I tell them? What will people think […]

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Start Here, Don’t Stay Here: Twitter, Celebrity, and Safety

It all started with just under 140 characters. So much can start with 140 characters. Ideas are shared, conversations can begin, connections can be made. But it’s only the beginning. And sometimes I think we forget that.  I’m always surprised by which of my tweeted thoughts will resonate with my friends and followers. In this […]

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Searching for Success: A Reflection on #SAFailsForward

What fascinates me most about failure is the apparent duality of the term. In order to know failure, one must be able to define success. In order to avoid mistakes, one must know the ‘right’, ‘best’ or ‘correct’ way of doing things. To know failure, we must know success, and know it often. To know success, […]

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Navigating Language Land Mines – A Conversation about Mental Health

This post was inspired by a thoughtful and important read by Charlie Potts discussing the current #SACommits blog series furthering the conversation about mental health.  Mental health, unlike some other topics of conversation in student affairs and the wider professional community, is littered with land mines buried under good intentions and blissful ignorance. Many of […]

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Big Red Bicycle

It’s not a sight you see every day. Or any day. Or even some days. A giant, red bike looking much more like a large caravan outfitted with 29 pairs of pedals and 29 red-shirted riders, set to pedal their way (slowly I assume) through the city. After indulging in some fantasy about a police […]

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Who Do You Walk With?

In order to achieve success, it often seems like we must learn to defy the laws of physics. We work to “climb the ladder”, struggle to “scale new heights”, “spread our wings”. Success is symbolized by soaring, a superhuman achievement of “rising above” the challenges that “drag us down”. Book covers and magazine articles about […]

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We Are Not What We Seem To Be

This is another post inspired by one of the books I read for my 52 in 52 book challenge in 2013.  I’ve been exploring the word ‘story’ for a few weeks now. Have you ever had that weird feeling that a word no longer makes sense because you’ve said it so many times? I feel […]

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You Don’t Disappear: Reflections on Storytelling

A few days ago, I engaged in an interesting and, at times, challenging conversation about storytelling. To ineffectively sum up a much larger discussion, we spent time debating the virtues of telling stories – attempting to understand and define the act of storytelling and examining possible motives for telling our stories, including bragging, a need […]

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Which Came First? Digital and Identity

Sparked by some fantastic discussion generated by my last post, I was compelled to reflect on the notion of digital identity and digital identity development. A growing area of interest in academic literature and student affairs offices, the term can take on a very different meaning depending on what you emphasize. Digital Identity Here, the […]

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Just Unfollow Me: Teaching Digital Identity Development

There have been some wonderful, thoughtful blog posts published recently discussing authenticity and vulnerability in the digital space. Reactions and responses have defended sharing, while others have advocated for better ways to engage in conversation online. A common theme running through these discussions was the many and varied definitions of online ‘noise’ and appropriate reactions […]

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