What Do I Say To My Students?

A teacher friend just asked me how I plan to talk to my students about Charlottesville on the first day of school. The country is on fire. White supremacy has taken over the White House. People are dying in the streets. What am I going to say? I do have a plan about what I’m going to say to the students in my English classes on Wednesday about the political turmoil in this country. It’s the same plan I had at the end of the summer of 2016 in light of the murder of Philando Castile and the police officers…

Goddess University: Athena in the Workplace

Makeover stories are the best, especially during the Back-to-School season. Back-to-School has always been a high holy season for me. Seventeen magazine’s August issue was a kind of bible to me in the eighties. The message was that you could reinvent yourself from the inside out for the new school year. Everything was possible. Clean slates were a real and figurative thing. The movies Working Girl with Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver and Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair embody the rigorous hope that we can change reality through force of will. In both movies, intelligent women step…

What I Said at the First Day of School Prayer Service

Let us remember That we are in the Holy Presence of God. Welcome to the first day of school. The first day of a whole new year. Right now this could be the best year of your life. Right now in this moment, everything good is possible. You could, from this second forward, choose to live in God’s light. Because the truth is you are in the holy presence of God all the time. You could choose to take care of yourself as if you truly understood that. You could choose to take care of others as though you truly…