A Parent’s Thoughts on the Eve of High School Graduation & The Ellicott City Flood

      Graduation Tomorrow All the standard thoughts apply today. “Time Flies.” “How did this happen?” “How is this even possible that time has marched by so swiftly?” Let me start with advice to young parents: treasure every moment with your children, because I was once like you thinking high school graduation was light… Read More A Parent’s Thoughts on the Eve of High School Graduation & The Ellicott City Flood

A Busy Weekend Included Candles, Supper Club, Live Music, and a Graduation Party

*** It’s Monday morning, and I might need two cups of coffee. It was a busy weekend filled with socializing. And it began on Thursday, not Friday, as my friend Elizabeth invited me to dinner and candle making. That’s right. Candle making. We’ve been friends for 33 years, and we figured, why not? Let’s make… Read More A Busy Weekend Included Candles, Supper Club, Live Music, and a Graduation Party

For Graduates: There is Always A Place For You

* * * At college and university graduations across the country, ceremonies will be chock full of great quotes, wonderful inspirational sentiments, and often excerpts of poetry. Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” is a popular favorite—and an amazing poem. However, for my graduates who are about to enter the working world or continue… Read More For Graduates: There is Always A Place For You

Guest Blogger-Amanda Gingery Hostalka: An Inspirational Speech to Graduates

The following speech has been generously made available to Steph’s Scribe by Stevenson University’s Professor of Art, Ms. Amanda Gingery Hostalka. Professor Hostalka gave this speech at Stevenson’s Baccalaureate Ceremonies on May 10, 2011, where she served as the celebrant for the occasion just three days prior to graduation. Her words were moving and inspirational,… Read More Guest Blogger-Amanda Gingery Hostalka: An Inspirational Speech to Graduates

Letting Go.

Today, I hugged my students goodbye at the close of graduation ceremonies. It is not always easy. As a professor, I get attached to the students, especially those that I spend a lot of time with in classes, work together with through the public relations club, or collaborate on other events and projects that take… Read More Letting Go.