Joy vs Happy (1 min. read)

These two words are not synonymous, regardless of how many ways you use it. A person can be joyful while lacking happiness and be happy without joy. Joy I define this as a higher feeling that begins internally and is long-lasting. It is something that is marked on your soul and heart rather than your… Read More Joy vs Happy (1 min. read)

High School and College

Is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) a Waste of Time?

An excerpt from my psychology literature review. Social-emotional learning (SEL) promotes psychological health and, in turn, better learners. The implementation of social and emotional learning determines students’ well-being or the lack thereof. While not globally or nationally accepted, only eleven states administered this within regular teaching practices; the SEL approach differs from traditional instructional strategies.… Read More Is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) a Waste of Time?

Books, Movies, and Entertainment, Life

How Latin American Literature Critiqued Western Culture

The initial reading of The Dialectic of Our America by Jose David Saldivar was helpful to understand and acknowledge the dialectic nature of historical narratives. His concerns for the American literary canon steps from a shortcoming of theoretical rigor, inauthenticity, and parochial vision. In “I Have,” he never heard of anyone being grateful for the… Read More How Latin American Literature Critiqued Western Culture


Being Thankful

Regardless of how this year has been, or any year really, there is always blessings to be thankful for. I began keeping a praise report and gratitude journal. We need to open everyday with praise to God for all He does and continues doing. There are gifts in everyday. It is a matter of perspective.… Read More Being Thankful