What If

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if only you had_____? Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you stayed in a relationship with_____? Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you went to college, stayed in college, or…

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Moments Matter #2 – Gratitude

© Diane Galvez-Parker

What does it mean to be thankful? When are you most thankful? Who are you most thankful for? Are you thankful for the wealth and celebrations? What are you thankful for during poverty and solitude? Are you thankful for the moments that bring you joy? Are you thankful for the…

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My Oprah Weekend

Have you ever just sat in silence and listened to your thoughts? Complete silence. No people. No external sounds. No distractions. Do you hear the whispers of your heart? Close your eyes for the full effect. What is your heart telling you about your life right now? Are you who…

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Go To School Because You Can

© Diane Galvez-Parker

Today I told my female students that it was their last day of school. They are no longer allowed to get an education. It was a new government rule. Initially, I had their male classmates tell them the news. With a straight face, I told a group of mostly 10-year-old girls to…

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First School Day (Again)

Good morning! Good morning! Good morning! Good morning! Good morning! You get the idea, right? At the beginning of every school day, this is the greeting that I give each student as they walk into the classroom. Thirty faces pass me by. A few reply with the same greeting. Some…

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Teachers Are Lucky

Image by Diane GP

I’m free! That’s the feeling that most teachers have at the end of the school year. Ironically, reflection, exhaustion and self-doubt encompass that feeling, as well. So, technically, we are not really free. Teachers don’t necessarily share those feelings as often though, except with other teachers. The mind of a teacher…

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