Teri Wilkins

Life-long learner. Educator. Thinker.

 

She was good at getting us re-focused on the "why" of using various technologies for various purposes, with the curriculum as the priority and the technology as the tool.

–ACHS Faculty Member

 

Graduation

June 13th, 2014


What a whirlwind the past month or so has been. I’ve been to a wedding, my graduation from Loyola, my son’s graduation from Calvert Hall, and then to another graduation for me:

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BlogU14

June 9th, 2014


selfie2This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a lovely experience with many women and one very brave man. BlogU14 was an intimate conference held on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University, here in Baltimore. We stayed in the dorms (my old back did not cooperate with the mattress, though; I am so spoiled with my Sleep Number bed) and attended classes taught by some of the luminaries in the field of blogging. I enjoy reading many blogs (especially my daughter’s) but am not really star-struck except for one person, and she is not the writer but the mother of the writer. I had the opportunity to speak to the very sweet Anna of My Life and Kids about her mom. I was in heaven. Look above to see how happy I was; I even took a “selfie” as part of a contest.

My daughter Stephanie is the master-mind behind the ideaof BlogU. NDMU is her alma mater, and she knew that the good School Sisters of Notre Dame would be open to an experience that empowers women. She encouraged some of her blogging friends to help her create a smaller and relatively inexpensive type of conference. Her friends responded enthusiastically, and they provided informative and fun sessions. They also held a retro-style prom, sponsored by NickMom, with an 80s theme. My arthritic knee (I know, I am falling apart) held me back from dancing, but the music was great, and I did sing quite a bit. Plus, I was happy to see Stephanie wearing my college prom dress from 1981. Sorry about the quality of the picture; I am still figuring out how to use my iPhone. steph_prom

Her good friend Tabatha (see below) also attended and was a big hit dressed as a Baltimore “hon.” steph_tab

Many thanks to Tabatha for the picture.

One of the most heartening aspects of the experience was seeing women support each other. I have sat with many patients who have never known what it is like to have a healthy relationship with another woman. Instead of suspicion and backstabbing, these women provided encouragement and loving kindness to each other.

If you are interested in learning about BlogU14, check out Stephanie’s post and the links provided by participants at the end. It looks as though this is the beginning of an educational dynamo so keep BlogU15 in mind.

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Graduation

May 17th, 2014


Today was the 162nd commencement for Loyola University MD, and I was hooded by the chair of my dissertation committee, Dr. Ralph Piedmont. This was my fourth degree from Loyola, making me a quadruple Greyhound.

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The ceremony was loooong, but it was lovely, and Mark Shriver did a fine job as commencement speaker. It was fun to see the other members of my cohort get hooded as well.

Afterwards, my family went to our favorite neighborhood restaurant for lunch, and then we came back home and took some more pictures. No, I did not wear the cap and gown while we were eating.

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I have some additional good news to share: I accepted a position as a visiting assistant professor at Loyola. I will be teaching Human Development, Ethics, and a clinical class. I will continue to work at my community clinic and see patients.

I have been told that after completing a doctoral degree, many students experience a kind of “let down.” That hasn’t happened. If anything, I feel even more excited about the journey ahead.

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The Lima Bean

October 25th, 2013


Inspired by the wonderful writing of my friend Rita (check out her blog here), I have decided to share my family’s lima bean story. Here it is:

When I was in middle school, my grandmother watched my younger brother and me until our mother could pick us up after work. One evening, we were eating crab soup (delicious, as was everything my grandmother made), and my mischievous brother began picking vegetables out of his soup and periodically hurling them at me.

I was not pleased. I was a bit prissy, and Dave was messing up my school uniform. Plus, that was just obnoxious. No matter what I said to him, he wouldn’t stop, and my grandmother wasn’t in the kitchen to stop him. I came up with an ingenious (to my 7th grade mind) plan: I caught a lima bean and wrapped it in a paper towel.

“When Mommy gets here, you are going to be in so much trouble. See, now I have evidence.” I shook the paper towel in his general direction, and he settled down.

When my poor mother came in the door, I ran up to her and began a litany of complaints, ending with a presentation of the soggy lima bean. My mother sighed, and said, “So what?”

Boy, was I deflated. I carried the lima bean defeat with me for a long, long time. Whenever I didn’t feel heard, I would mutter, “It’s just like the lima bean.” My family thinks it’s hysterical. Does your family have a similar story?

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Our Time at Haven

August 28th, 2013


Well, I said I would tell you about our trip to Atlanta, so here goes. We had a very nice experience. When we arrived, a limo driver approached us and noted his fare was late, so he took us to our hotel for the same price as a cab. The hotel was lovely, and I really appreciated the mirror that magnified everything by a zillion percent (well, some things weren’t so great to see from a larger perspective).

We each attended some of the seminars that were offered, and I learned about partnering with sponsors, Google statistics, and getting published in magazines. The sponsors were very helpful, and the other participants were friendly. Plus, the food was delicious. Many of the meals were part of the package, and we had the opportunity to eat at Ruth’s Chris one night as well.

The speakers were inspiring. I am not a DIY-er, but I still learned some important tips from Ana White, who was the keynote speaker. The theme of the closing speech was “Do Good on a Grand Scale.” That is a great sentiment, but I believe we can also do good on a small scale. You can read Stephanie’s account of the Haven experience here.

All in all, it was a grand experience. I am glad I had a chance to be on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Now I can check that off of my bucket list.

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Haven Conference

July 14th, 2013


At the end of this month, I will have the opportunity to travel to Atlanta to attend the Haven Conference with my eldest daughter. She is the writer and home improvement expert in the family, and I bought her a ticket as a birthday present. I was going to go with her and visit Atlanta while she was attending sessions, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided to see it for myself. I will let you know all about it after our adventure.

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