TURNING POINTS—Healing Pillars for Programs And for People

My former Community College of Philadelphia colleagues, Pascal Scoles and Francesca DiRosa, explain in “The Healing Pillars of Collegiate Recovery—A Community College Model of Recovery And Education”(to be published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research And Practice), that individuals in recovery need (and services for them should provide) five things: “(1) a sense of … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Healing Pillars for Programs And for People

TURNING POINTS—Learning And Recovery: The Connections

We’ve all heard expressions like, “You can take the boy out of Philly, but you can’t take the Philly out of the boy.” I think about that in smile-infested mid-coast Maine when I wear the t-shirt my daughter gave me, which reads, “I’m not angry. I’m from Philly.” There’s often truth in such identifications, even … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Learning And Recovery: The Connections

TURNING POINTS—Encounters that Matter in the Classroom & Beyond: Seeing in THE LIGHT FROM HERE

  Seeing in THE LIGHT FROM HERE Turning points come in all shapes and sizes. They can arrive on their own schedule and feel more like curses than opportunities, like Maureen Egan’s cancer diagnosis. What we do in such encounters matters. A diagnosis of breast cancer caused artist Maureen Egan to turn inward, and that … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Encounters that Matter in the Classroom & Beyond: Seeing in THE LIGHT FROM HERE

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Encounters that Matter in the Classroom & Beyond: From “Football” Without Helmets to Singer, Performer, Teacher

Can you believe that playing “football” without helmets and protective padding turned me into a singer and performer and is partly why I teach and write articles and books? A friend of a friend set me up. This was just after college. Her brother was helping to start a rugby club and needed players. Six … Continue reading Encounters that Matter in the Classroom & Beyond: From “Football” Without Helmets to Singer, Performer, Teacher

Encounters that Matter in the Classroom & Beyond: Strong-Willed Mothers Turned Our Lives for the Better

Strong-willed mothers turned our lives for the better. That’s just one of the amazing parallels that run through our lives to this day. I am speaking for my long-time friend Jerry Howard and for myself. Our parents’ positive and enduring influence, delivered under challenging circumstances, may seem “as simple as pie,” but it turns out … Continue reading Encounters that Matter in the Classroom & Beyond: Strong-Willed Mothers Turned Our Lives for the Better