Sunday, December 27, 2020

Christmas Beginnings

Christmas eve:  our social bubble (my parents and sister) came over to a cozy meal at our house and fun opening presents from each other.  I tried a new recipe:  mushroom spinach soup, which was good.  I also made gingerbread, which was good, but I was most impressed with the way I decorated it (below), which turned out so well.  The girls got a waffle maker from my parents, so that helped determine what we were having for Christmas breakfast.

Christmas night:  Midnight Mass (Zoom) at St. Dominic's.  Lovely Mass that filled me with tears of joy.

Christmas day:  Fantastic sunrise that changed the light even inside the house.  Nice walk with Puck.  Presents and fancy breakfast at home, then dinner with family (in our social bubble) at my parents' house.  I made roasted carrots and arugula salad, garbanzo bean salad, 'quatro formaggio' pasta for the pasta eaters, and two pies (pumpkin and apple) with lots of help from K, who was my sous chef this year.  Good food, nice light rain, relaxing day.

Dec 26:  We declared this "blanket day" and had a cozy day at home, mostly.  I went for a walk in the morning, took a morning nap AND an afternoon nap, and read three books.  (I so rarely have time to read for pleasure that I forget how fast I read).  Now I need more books for the rest of the holiday season...

Happy and cozy love

Gingerbread with fancy decorations

Starting with their stockings, with fun treats for girls and pets

For the rest of Christmas?  Not sure yet... everything is shut down, so there's no where to go and not much to do except bike and hike.  That sounds good, at least to me... 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Christmas Crafts

 Every year (nearly every year?) we've made ornaments for the tree, some as gifts, some for us.  I've been wanting to make these for years and never gotten around to it.  Love the way they turned out!  We also made cute snow people and puff ball reindeer (not pictured).  And a whole tiny herd of these...

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Gaudete Sunday

 Joyful Sunday!  The third Sunday of Advent.  Our pink candle is lit and anticipation grows...

(G here prepping for her online Confirmation prep class after online Mass (Fr. Ken at St. Columba's! on "Good Religion."  He's amazing.))

Friday, December 11, 2020

That Time Zippia Quoted Me

 Worth savoring being considered an "Expert."  And of course, with all of the career changes life is mandating, it is nice to be recognized for my affiliation with the field of Human Services.



Notre Dame de Namur University

Professional Studies Programs


What experience really stands out on resumes?

Dr. Therese Madden: Accomplishments stand out on resumes. Not just classes are taken or previous jobs held, but a listing of what a student has accomplished. For this reason, I love to see resumes that are backed by e-portfolios. These give students a chance to elaborate on their resumes; explain, for example, that their capstone class was more than another grade, but that it encompassed a detailed project plan that they carefully executed so that it matched the needs of the organization that they were working with and that it included measurable outcomes. That way, it is more than another grade, however excellent, more than volunteer hours, but a list of measurable outcomes that can be reflected on a resume and in more narrative descriptions of what someone brings to the job.

How do you envision technology impacting this field in the next 5 years?

Dr. Therese Madden: Technology will have a serious impact on human services, allowing both providers and clients to have more control, better ways of communicating, better ways of individualized services to help each other grow and serve. I think we have seen it already during the pandemic, with tech providing the support to reach out when being physically in proximity to one another is inadvisable. Once the pandemic is over, combining what we've learned through tech solutions with more traditional hands-on approaches will allow us to serve clients in better and more personal ways.

Will there be an enduring impact of the coronavirus pandemic on graduates?

Dr. Therese Madden: I think that every industry will see enduring changes, some good and some challenging. I think that the enduring legacy of this pandemic - once we are past the sadness and uncertainty - will be a celebration of innovation and a commitment to build on the new ways of working in ways that help others. Helping others is the essence of the human services profession, and finding new ways of doing so suggests an exciting future that will draw more interest in the field.