• Some Sentiments About 20 Years at Stevenson

    *** Last week I received an email from human resources about celebrating 20 years at Stevenson University. And I used to think the 13 years I spent at the Baltimore Orioles was a long time. When I taught my very first semester at Stevenson in January of 2000, I was pregnant with my son, Matthew, and was hired as an adjunct professor. Now, Matthew is a junior in college. When you look at it through that lens, a long time has passed. I moved into full-time teaching in 2008, when Stevenson changed its name from Villa Julie College to Stevenson University. Prior to my time at Stevenson, I began teaching…

  • 7 Takeaways from Blogging on the 8th Anniversary of Steph’s Scribe

    I was sitting in my office approving students for registration when I saw an alert from WordPress, my blogging platform. It said, “Happy Anniversary.” It hadn’t even occurred to me what today was because I’ve been so busy and in so much pain recently due to my herniated disc, but I can’t talk about that for one more minute. I’m tired of talking about that. So instead, today, I’ll share with you my biggest takeaways from blogging. Perhaps you know someone who is a blogger or someone who would love to start a blog. I’ve actually loved (almost) every minute of it, and can’t imagine not having it in my…

  • I Totally Missed It

    You’re supposed to remember the dates of big anniversaries. I didn’t. I totally missed it. Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the publication of my novel. It wasn’t even a blip on my radar; I am wrapped up in other things and didn’t take a moment to reflect on the last year. Anniversaries are for remembering. For reflecting on what has happened since you embarked on whatever it was: marriage, children, jobs, schools, a project come to fruition, etc. I’m still the same old person I used to be (and I do mean old). I go about my daily routines in the same way I always did. I take care…

  • “Modern Family” And My Wedding Anniversary

    Today is my wedding anniversary. Wait. Let me start over because that’s a pretty selfish thing to say since it’s technically “our” anniversary, as it is a shared responsibility, this sacrament of marriage. Fifteen years ago, my husband and I said “I do.” We’ve done a lot of DOs and DON’Ts since then, but the fact remains that we’re still together, and, amazingly, we can still laugh after nineteen years of togetherness. But enough about that. If you’re a faithful reader, you know my husband hates to be mentioned on the BLOG. So instead of mentioning him, I’ll make the anniversary post all about me, so that I leave him…