Reconciling a spoiled identity: The former outcast

Last week, while attending Confratute, at the University of Connecticut, I realized that I need to rethink the way I want to present my work. I didn’t stop posting on this blog/site because of boredom with it – I slipped into working way too much. As that happens, the...

Relational Resilience and Autoethnography

I've been at maximum capacity lately, due to work and school, but I've finally carved out a few minutes to share one of my current research projects. Here's the abstract for the paper I'm writing about the process of completing Too Smart for Your Own Good: The...
Top 20 Characteristics of Effective Teachers

Top 20 Characteristics of Effective Teachers

This list was compiled from a review of the literature for a paper on the lived experiences of twice-exceptional adults (2e). Note: Are you a 2e adult? If you're interested in talking about your experiences, please contact me. The concept of "trusted adults" prompted...
Surviving suicide: Part five

Surviving suicide: Part five

Let me die - a second attempt Part Five (conclusion) - There's another suicide attempt. My mom flies out to help me move back to Connecticut. This is a true story from 1994. If you missed the first post, click here for part one. (c) Can Stock Photo After losing my...
The importance of mentors and trusted adults

The importance of mentors and trusted adults

Thinking and writing about the people who’ve made the most impact on my life is something that I enjoy doing. I appreciate them because they helped me get to where I am today. Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of reaching out and letting them know that they...
The Autoethnographic Process: Targeted Annotation

The Autoethnographic Process: Targeted Annotation

Annotating with others in mind Organizing the journal entries that I planned to use as data was a necessary part of my autoethnographic process. In order to make sense of it all, I constructed timelines – by year – of over 3,000 individual entries that were coded as...

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