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Wednesday¬†morning, right against the deadline, I officially declined Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s offer ¬†to attend their PhD in Health Behavior and Science. And while I’ve already excitedly accepted and announced my matriculation into the University of Tennessee’s doctoral program, declining JHSU’s program brings both sadness and joy. You see, I had the opportunity […]

Doing it all

I sometimes wonder how I did it all. More often, I wonder what “doing it all” actually means. I was once climbing the nonprofit management ladder at a decent pace. I constantly thought about what I could do next; how to grow and fund the programs I imagined, created, implemented, and managed; how to advance […]

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Trying to follow the map…

What happens when you’re from a working-class become middle-class-family background trying to negotiate higher education and “find” your profession? Well, if it’s like my case, you can’t figure out your way because you don’t know the information to help you to understand the key that defines the roadmap which gets you to your endpoint. I […]


In class tonight, the final session of this very long Spring semester, we are watching a section of The Laramie Project. The course I have been teaching for 15 weeks now is an interdiscpilinary course exploring various experiences of prejudice, discrimination and oppression. It is a survey course; one that brings students into an issue […]

Ingredients for quinoa pancakes

Comfort Choc-ful Pumpkin Loaf + Nutty Quinoa Pancakes

Recipes for Choc-ful Pumpkin Loaf + Nutty Quinoa pancakes follow this entry. I’ve been writing this post since Thursday. I first began working on the content for this post (in my mind and through baking) on Tuesday. It is amazing how much has changed since then and how also this post has changed. Originally I’d […]

a piece of cake?

Sometimes, feeling afraid causes us to stop living. But the opposite is equally true: fully living causes us to feel afraid. It takes us into new territory. It pushes us to our limits. It causes us to grow and to change and to leave old, beloved things behind. We end up in the middle of […]