Diet without Deprivation. Only go for the cookies when there are 2-3 in the bag after you’ve given the rest away.

I tried this. I really wanted those ginger snaps. And I held out … until the bag, left out of the box by my husband, was just staring at me. So I went… Continue reading

Taking a break from Facebook, Twitter, and email to draw and color.

My husband’s aunt offered to send me crocheting or knitting materials, or a sketch pad so that I wouldn’t get bored. I opted for the sketch pad since I’ve already crocheted 1/2 of… Continue reading

Yesterday I walked down 3 steps … by myself!

I was thrilled! My husband kept his eye on me, but I held onto the railing and stepped down and went down those three steps! It was a wonderful feeling! I haven’t been… Continue reading

If I’d started when I was younger, I’d totally do Parkour

I used to be the best tree climber in my neighborhood, arguably better than all of the boys. I’d climb the highest and then jump from unreasonable heights just to do it all… Continue reading

Walk – Like a combo of Fred Sanford and Captain Kirk in Slow Motion

Yes. That was the description of my walk. (From someone who loves me.) I laughed, even though laughing still hurts, but I thought that I was doing a good job with walking. I… Continue reading

Strongly dislike Facebook’s new forced settings (Info, Profile)

This afternoon I logged into Facebook and was asked to check some boxes about information that I wanted to share — interests, books, movies. Most of these were taken from my original information… Continue reading

Love, Pride, and the Futility of Cowardly Atonement

I saw a movie recently – “Atonement.”   From a literary standpoint, one might say that it was a great story. It had the protagonist heroine and hero who were hopelessly in love, the… Continue reading

Family Reunion – Summer Holiday

In my family, FamilyReunion is one word. It is a summer holiday unto itself. We have a weekend filled with parents, aunts/uncles, brothers/sisters, and tons and tons of cousins! We also have regional… Continue reading

Prayer. Life! Death? Life! Prayer.

Thank you for your prayers! Sometimes we say “I’ll pray for you” and when you’re sick or scared, it really brings comfort to know that people are praying for you even when you’re… Continue reading

A mother’s love backs up the truck

My Mom … she is a sweetheart.  She knew that I would need a few things from the store, and she crossed three state lines and brought me food. Not just *some* groceries… Continue reading

Going on leave until June 1; intermittent online activity

I will be on leave for a while.  My last day at work was on March 12 and I will return on June 1. Thank you for the well wishes and cards and… Continue reading

Thank you for the wonderful birthday messages, songs, prayers, & thoughts!

Tuesday was my birthday and it was WONDERFUL! I really enjoyed my day. I was at work, but was so blessed to receive flowers from current students (thanks BDs!!!!), flowers from a former… Continue reading

Winter Retreat w/our grad students, postdocs, and alums

Each year, through PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, we take a group of 100 from UMBC, UM College Park, and UM Baltimore on a winter community building retreat. This year, we also had alums and… Continue reading

From Puerto Rico’s Beaches to a DMV Winter Wonderland

It’s February 2010.  I just came from the warm beaches of Puerto Rico to the shocking snow of the DC/MD/VA area.  All I can say is WOW, especially since I’m not even home… Continue reading

Semanas 3 y 3.5 en San Juan – Feb 2010

This past week was filled with lots of hard work, a measure of stress, a measure of relief, and moments of fun! In all, I think that it was quite balanced!  We had… Continue reading

Week 2, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan 2010

Hello everyone, This was a busy week, and I have lots of photos! So, I’m going to keep the dialog to a minimum, and just describe the pictures. Here are some photos of… Continue reading

Sunshine, Floods, Flip-flops, & Beaches

Here are some photos from the first week.  Amidst needing to drive through floods to get home, and having 5 blackouts, it has been a productive week here in San Juan.  The photo… Continue reading

Estoy aqui … en San Juan … en Enero

As you now know, I am working in Puerto Rico again.  Today was a long day! Lots of planning with my collaborators for a big meeting that we have with a funding agency… Continue reading

Don’t try, just do it!

These words, “Don’t try, just do it,” were spoken by my pastor (Bishop Clifford M. Johnson, Jr., http://www.mountpleasant.org/pastor/index.htm) during his morning sermon yesterday.  It was the first Sunday of the new year and… Continue reading

Taking something off of my plate

Today I’m contemplating taking something off of my plate.  Other than food (desserts, extra carbs, snacks) – which don’t need to be on the plate in the first place, I’m thinking about activities,… Continue reading

Tips for Applying to Graduate School

A few years ago, I took a 9 month course called “Master Life.” In that class, administered through my church, we were taught to frame our view of our life through the lens… Continue reading

A Friend’s Journey – Nicole Fisher Alston’s Story

On October 21, 2009, I put the following on my Twitter site: “One of my BFFs from Plainfield, Nicole (Fisher) Alston & her @opentohope http://bit.ly/bDAey” story of death, loss, & purpose.” Nicole Fisher… Continue reading

Viviendo la vida Boricua

Yes, I’m living a Puerto Rican life! But it’s not the typical life that you may be thinking of. Sure, I live around the corner from the beach, which is fabulous! But I… Continue reading

Thoughts from a “Vulcan-Betazoid”

 This morning I posted on my Facebook and Twitter pages that I had been called a “Vulcan-Betazoid” as part of an “intense discussion” earlier this week.  I ended the post by saying “I think… Continue reading

California Dreaming – Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

This post is a mirror from http://renettatull.blogspot.com/, posted Tuesday, Aug. 4. It is also mirrored on my Facebook notes.  Additional comments are posted there. ————————————— I am currently in California, attending meetings in… Continue reading

Posting & Blogging

I’ve decided to let this blog become my new “personal” website. I’ve updated some of the items on the About,  Life/Work Balance, and Professional pages in the tabs above.  I’ve noticed that only 10… Continue reading

Consolidating & “Simplifying”

Am I really simplifying my life by consolidating my blogs? I think so. I have decided to “simplify” my online life a bit since I have so many blogs along with Facebook and… Continue reading

Making Friendship Intentional

This morning I went to http://www.gospel.com to see what topics they had for the day, including the daily Bible verse, and I ran across this article on friendship. The article talks about 4… Continue reading

The POWER of ONE

Those of you who have been reading my blogs know that music really moves me to reflect, contemplate, and even to act. The latest song that I wake up to is Israel Houghton’s… Continue reading

A mi hogar

Today I go home! Adios to the warm tropics. Hola to the cold. It was a good trip and as much as I liked it, I’m ready to go home. 🙂 I have… Continue reading

Mi Última Noche (my last night)

Today was my last day at UMET for this trip! I had a wonderful time. My hosts and I presented our results to the Chancellor and then we went out to dinner. The… Continue reading

San Sebastián y Lares

Today we had a wonderful adventure. The day started out in an interesting way … I was driving to the campus and I made a wrong turn. Yes, I was lost! Once I… Continue reading

Conferencia: estudiantes, profesores y comiunidad

Conferencia: estudiantes, profesores y comiunidad … Conference: students, professors, and community. I am priviledged to be in Puerto Rico during a time of discussion about globalization and culture. The conference is presented by… Continue reading

Muchos lugares

Host and colleague in Palmas del Mar One of the kioskos (kiosks) in Luquillo (near Fajardo) On the patio at the home of my host. At the clock in Caguas, across from “Dulce… Continue reading

Mi cancion para esta dia

Mi cancion para esta dia … my song for this day. It is Sunday again, and I had planned to go to see the mother of one of my students who passed away… Continue reading

Piñones y Fajardo

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/therusticexperience/p/Pinones.htm Today was a day full of rich culture. My host of the day was a teacher that I met at a conference in Utah last Fall. We happened to be sitting at… Continue reading

Trabajando

Trabajando – working. Today, I was working with students for most of the morning and I had meetings in the afternoon. I gave a talk yesterday and today I had a “Coffee Hour”… Continue reading

¿Ayudo?

¿Ayudo? This literally means “I help?” I was struggling with my keys outside of the gate today and a gentleman asked “¿Ayudo?” I realized that he was asking me if I needed help,… Continue reading

Estoy Cansada

Today I am home early, recovering from a bit of laryngitis so my communication for most of the day was via text messaging. It cleared up a bit yesterday, but I had meetings… Continue reading

Viejo San Juan, Inauguration

Yesterday, I started my day by doing laundry so that I could have some clean clothes for the week. I was invited to a reception for a visiting Fulbright Scholar from the American… Continue reading

Extra fotos de sabado

(Extra photos from Saturday.) I forgot to add these photos. These murals on are the walls of a building in Rio Piedras.

La Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastián

This afternoon I went to La Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastián. It was a festival on the Calle de San Sebastián (San Sebastián street) in Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan.) This… Continue reading

Forever Chasing After You

Every now and then, something really strikes me … about the world, about trying to see the world as God would want me to see it. I was talking to a friend yesterday… Continue reading

Comiendo en Río Piedras (Eating in Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras)

Esta tardes, estuve en Río Piedras con una de mis estudiantes de Maryland quien estaba nació en Puerto Rico. Fuimos a almuerzo en la cafeteria en la Plaza del Mercado. La comida fue… Continue reading

Está lloviendo mucho

Está lloviendo mucho … it is raining alot! It was raining last night, and again this morning at 5:30 (it woke me up), and throughout the day, and when I was on my… Continue reading

Lo pongo aqui

Lo pongo aqui … “I put it here.” That’s what I said to the man that I helped at the train station this morning. He was trying to refill his farecard for the… Continue reading

Mi almuerzo (my lunch)

Today I ate lunch with a colleague in the cafeteria on campus. Yesterday, my hosts gave me a very nice square lunch bag (it’s like a small bookbag/knapsack for food), so I decided… Continue reading

El tren

I just finished with my meetings for the morning and a quick lunch. I usually eat lunch in my office, but was determined to do something different … so I went outside to… Continue reading

Mi primera noche

I arrived in Puerto Rico this afternoon and was treated to wonderful, warm hospitality by my hosts from Universidad Metropolitana. The weather was hot (for me) but warm by Puerto Rican standards …… Continue reading

Giving Love Away

At last night’s vigil and memorial service for UMBC student Jamie Heard, there was a great poem read at the end of the night which spoke of people dying, but love living on,… Continue reading