Q: What keeps you optimistic throughout your life?
A: The obvious answer for a chaplain to give, of course, is my faith, and that really is the case. However, I also would include music, fine gardens, art, literature, theatre, poetry, exercise, sleep, hugs, chocolate and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream (any ice cream, really).
Q: How did you find yourself where you are today?
A: By grace, by trial-and-error, by failure and by answering calls both divine and very human.
Q: If you could give advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
A: Don’t listen to me.
Q: Who would you say are the most important people in
A: Of course, my husband, Kevin, who continues to be my favorite person in the whole world, and my daughter, Elysia, who talks even more than I do, which is truly incomprehensible.
Q: How do you like to spend your evenings?
A: How do you like to spend your evenings?
Q: What is your favorite place on campus?
A: A large tree in the Dell under which many of my first-year
seminars over the years and I have had class outside, sitting
together on the grass in good scholarly conversation and debate.
Q: How do you find joy in the little things?
A: This does not come naturally to me. I’m very achievement oriented, and I tend to dream about and live in the future. I have spent years trying to self-monitor and become aware of when I’m not being mindful or present. I have to regularly practice doing two to three minute centering down breathing to bring myself to focus on the present and the little things. I read my daughter the children’s book “What Does It Mean to be Present?” I think it’s really for me, but she loves it.
Q: What do you like the most about the work that you do at the College?
A: The opportunity to learn every single day, really multiple times a day, from so many people—
colleagues, of course, and students as well.
Q: What do you find challenging about teaching religious studies classes?
A: Trying to convince students that non-science courses are not just “opinion” classes and that there are various ways of “knowing” in each of the academic disciplines.