X marks the spot (week 24)

I found myself driving to teach class Tuesday morning thinking about just forfeiting the series all together for the week.  Would any of my students even care or notice??  The answer to that question is a mystery, but when I thought about it I knew I would notice, and I cared.  

Worthy. Welcome. Whole. (week 23)

You know that feeling when you are in a position where you absolutely have to speak out loud, but you're choking back the fact you're crying?  As you attempt to project your voices sings the song of your tears, while the words you're trying to say seamlessly end up wobbling out of your mouth like a squad of drunken kittens?