Week in Review: #CuteAnimalTweetOff to the Rescue

What. A. Week. I don’t know about you, but this week had me ready to throw up my hands in defeat. Luckily, zoos and aquariums across the country offered a perfect remedy—Cute Animal Tweet Off. And it seems like I wasn’t the only one in desperate need of some adorableness to lighten the grim pall cast by this week. #CuteAnimalTweetOff went viral, moving beyond U.S. zoos when international zoos started to get in on the action. Even the New York Times ran an article about … Read more…

Week in Review: All Choked Up

Believe it or not, I’ve already started my 2017 garden! I’ve got about half of my seeds and plants ordered and big plans for relocation to fend off the deer who decimated just about everything last year—I can’t believe I thought they were cute. I’m finishing up the border on my herb garden and this week, I started my artichokes inside. They’re funky, massive, and really quite lovely plants. While I’ve grown them before, I’ve never successfully harvested a homegrown artichoke due to late planting, … Read more…

Week in Review: Weather Whirlwind

It was a weird week, weather-wise, here in Williamsburg. We kicked it off over the weekend with a big snowstorm (with about a foot of snow, so truly, a real storm!) and icy temps that closed schools and daycare for two days. And now suddenly, it feels like spring. The snow is completely gone, the thermometer hit 72 degrees yesterday, and I opened my windows and hung my laundry outside to dry again. What the what? And that’s weather. Back to you, higher ed news. … Read more…

A Reminder from the FLOTUS on the Importance of Education

Last week, Michelle Obama gave her last official address as First Lady of the United States, and I fully admit that it choked me up. Not just because the FLOTUS was emotional or because we’re drawing nearer to an administration change, and changes always brings a degree of uncertainty, but also because her final speech focused on empowerment through education and celebrated school counselors. As a strong supporter of education and a firm believer in its transformative power, Mrs. Obama’s words resonated with me. What … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy New Year!

I truly enjoy making resolutions each time we ring in a new year. At their core, resolutions make up a to-do list—and I love a good list. For me, making resolutions is really about reflecting on the past and using that self-discovery to shape the upcoming year. It’s easy to make a yearly to-do list that is way too ambitious or not specific enough or hard to measure progress on (in fact, it’s easy to do that on any to-do list…I’m looking at you, “Garage” … Read more…

Week in Review: That’s a Wrap, 2016!

Welp, see you later, 2016! It’s been something…so we’re going to send it off properly: http://elfyourself.com?mId=69853883 We wish you happy holidays and a happy new year from all of us at TVP Comms. Please enjoy one last Week in Review before we close down for a short break—we’ll see you in 2017! What’s new this week: The UVA Miller Center’s National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education recently released a culminating report on sustainable financial models for higher ed. Coverage continued with a piece … Read more…

Week in Review: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

My holiday celebrations have already started with a trip back up to New England to visit family this week. Truthfully, I was excited to see some snow, since it’s not quite Christmas without snow in my book. But, with dangerously low temperatures (-20 degrees with the wind chill) today and a winter storm coming in tomorrow, I’m already over it. I miss a lot of things about living in New England, but winter weather isn’t one of them. Brrrrr! Be sure to bundle up if … Read more…

Week in Review: Backyard Birding

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for songbird sightings in my backyard. We put up a new kind of suet feeder, gave our birdbath a good scrub down, and replenished our seed feeders, and basically I’ve become like a bird whisperer. The cat, the baby, and I like to stand by the window and watch all of the birds flit around the feeders. In addition to common standbys like nuthatches, chickadees, wrens, sparrows, jays, and cardinals, we’ve got finches, tufted titmice, mocking birds, thrashers, … Read more…

Finding the Right Voice

It’s always prudent to choose your words carefully because they are powerful. They represent you and your thoughts and they deserve respectful consideration. Except, that is, when they represent someone else’s thoughts—then they require even more scrutiny and care. Editing and writing have been a major part of every job I’ve had. As a teacher, I corrected mountains of writing exercises and helped (or tried to, anyway) my students develop their voice and craft as writers. When I was a college counselor, I worked with … Read more…

Week in Review: Holiday Cookie Monster

One of the best things about the holidays (and really, any time of the year) is baked goods. Every year growing up, my siblings and I would pick out a new treat to try out for the holiday season in addition to traditional favorites—we chose fun-sounding cookies like spitzbubens and moose poop (I know, but oh so delicious), both of which are still among my favorite treats. And I’ve continued this tradition into adulthood—recent hits include salted peanut butter fudge, secret-recipe toffee, and lemon-glazed shortbread. … Read more…