A few years ago, I unearthed a travel journal from a month-long trip to Europe that I took in 2006. As I reviewed its pages, I was struck by just how many details of the trip I had completely forgotten. And if the memories of a once-in-a lifetime trip that was so impactful to me could fade away – how much of my day-to-day life is lost? Sensations, emotions, achievements, losses, experiences from the mundane to the exceptional, all transforming from that specific moment in time to become that day, that week, that year, that life…

As I get older and gain a better understanding of how fragile, how brief, and how precious life really is, it's become even more important to me to me experience it to its fullest and to try to retain all of those little moments that might otherwise get lost. It's with this idea that I started the process of recording these moments – a travel journal, of sorts.

A travel journal for life.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Each year, IUP recognizes an outstanding graduate student with an award supported by the Margaret Mahler Memorial Fund.  I was the recipient of this award for 2012.  This past weekend, I attended the graduation ceremonies to receive the award and was honored to hear some of the kindest words I think I’ve ever heard about myself (from people who aren’t my mom, dad or husband, that is). 

“We are especially pleased to recognize this individual for this award, as she exemplifies the spirit of our program through her personal commitment to her own lifelong learning as well as to helping others learn and advance themselves.  Her academic work while enrolled in our program was exemplary, indicating the high standards she holds for herself.  Her professional work as well as her involvement in her community demonstrates her desire to help others learn and grow.  There was no question that she was the best choice to receive this award this year. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with someone of her caliber during her course of study.”

It was quite an honor.  And it’s a mighty handsome plaque.

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