Keep Throwing Darts

To those of you who only know me as Kristin, the professor and writer, let me tell you a secret. After college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life (other than becoming a best-selling author, which didn’t seem practical or plausible–still doesn’t, even with a book published). I was working nights […]

Out with the Annual; In with the Perennial

In front of our house, equally spaced apart, sit three massive pots. Last year my man planted gorgeous knock-out roses that bloomed all season. Unfortunately, when the weather turned warm again, the dormant bushes stayed brown. After a few weeks of no production, I decided to replace them with something green and beautiful. I perused […]

Past the Flood to the Rainbow

Neighbors all throughout the Ozarks face the damaging monster of water pushing against walls, pouring in through basements, lifting trees and over-saturating the ground. Some have lost their homes. The devastation impacts us all, even if indirectly. Prior to the monsoon rains, my mom’s place encountered a few upsets: an imploded septic system and a […]

Erin Go Bragh but Forever His

Whew, all those words and harmonies. Love the tradition and passion of Irish songs, do you? My family weaves together from German and Irish roots, made of Kuenzles, Guenzlers, Mitchells, and Shannons. Now married into the Hanley clan (originally with an O’ at the beginning), my connection to Ireland grows deeper still. Fourteen years have […]

Where Am I?

It seems only natural in January to talk about identity and evaluating goals and all that not-so-fun stuff. Starting a new class session with 29 students–most of them older than me–I hear a lot of comments like, “I never thought this is where I’d be.” As is fitting to the online flexibility, many of my […]