1st generation · childhood · embracing my culture and food · outsider · work in progress

An outsider

Outsider.  That one word captures a lot of my experience growing up. There’s a scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding that is at the heart of my conflict.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry I’m not giving any spoilers (but why haven’t you seen it yet?).  Toula, the main character, attends college and… Continue reading An outsider

adult ESL · advice · ESL · graduation · Hidden Figures · learning never ends · life lessons · shine theory · Teacher Talk · teaching · women rise together · work in progress

Women rise together

Graduation is always such a bittersweet time of year for me.  The fall ceremony is around the corner.  I try my best to reign my emotions in, but inevitably a few tears are shed. I try to give my students advice as they move forward in their lives and careers.  It’s difficult to pick just one thing… Continue reading Women rise together

"Feeling Good" · "Three Little Birds" · Bob Marley · books · Grenada · learning never ends · life lessons · me time · Nina Simone · reading · recharge · surreal · The Grenadine Diaries · unplug · vacation · work in progress

The Grenadine Diaries: “Sun in the sky, you know how I feel”

“Don’t worry about a thing ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright Singing’ don’t worry about a thing ‘Cause every little thing they gonna be alright …” Sorry for the delay in posting. Read below for the promised Sunday post! The first night back was really tough.  I was spoiled by the sounds of the waves lulling… Continue reading The Grenadine Diaries: “Sun in the sky, you know how I feel”

baking · basil · cupcakes · dessert · lemon zest · recipes · strawberries · summer · work in progress

Taste of Summer

I know that summer isn’t technically here.  But the calendar says June and in my mind, it is basically summer.  Sorry spring! There’s simply no denying that summer bears an abundance of fruits and vegetables that we cannot live without.  My favorite summer bounty are strawberries.  I can never get enough of them.  They are… Continue reading Taste of Summer

being brave · childhood · comfort zone · introvert · life lessons · memories · sense of adventure · taking chances · taking risks · think outside the box · work in progress

“Have courage, and be kind”

Have you ever noticed that we take more risks as children than as adults?  Why is that?  For some reason, I was struck by this and began thinking about it as it related to myself. I know this isn’t true of everyone, but it certainly seems true for me.  In thinking about some of the “risks” I’ve… Continue reading “Have courage, and be kind”

BBQ · gift for guests · grilling like a rock star · hostess · hostess tips · It's what I do · recipes · spice blend · summer · work in progress

A Summer Blend

As you now know, I enjoy hosting parties . . . a lot!  I enjoy having people over and creating good food for them.  If I am able, I try to make something for my guests to remember the party by.  Homemade, thoughtful gifts are the best ones.  Around Christmas, I read many blogs for potential ideas… Continue reading A Summer Blend