Mindsoak: Teacher’s High

This month, Mindsoak editor, Jon Filitti, asked us to discuss when we feel most alive. Hard question, right? I’m blessed that there are many parts of my life and my relationships that bring excitement, joy, and authenticity to my daily experiences. Since I just wrote a piece for The Millions about my personal life and the necessary difficulties and hard-earned joys on the journey within my marriage, I chose to write about one aspect of my professional life: teaching my undergraduate students at Penn State in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

You can read the full essay here.

If you want to read more about my life as a Penn State lecturer (and my incredible students) while also checking out my terrible skills at taking classroom selfies, check out my end-of-semester blog from Fall semester 2016. You’ll see that, as far as future generations go, we are in good hands.

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A FLASH OF RED by SARAH K. STEPHENS #Book review #Thriller @skstephenswrite @pandamoonpub

Reviewer Extraordinaire Sue Hampson reviewed my novel, A Flash of Red–here’s what she thought. . . !!!



Publisher: Pandamoon Publishing (Pandamoonpub.com)

Publication Date: December 8, 2016

eBook: ASIN: B01N5DR40X

Print Book: ISBN-13: 978-1-945502-14-9

Pages: 234


Psychology professor Anna Kline and her architect husband, Sean, are a young couple in a fractured marriage, each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. Sean seeks solace from his perfect wife in the cold intimacy of love and sex offered online, while Anna copes by offering her own oppressive version of devotion. Becoming an ever more tangible presence in their weakening marriage is the question of Anna’s mental state and whether she will follow the same path as her now institutionalized mother.

When Bard, a student of Anna’s with a family history of schizophrenia, discovers Sean’s addiction, Bard’s admiration for Anna morphs into a delusion of special intimacy. Guilt-ridden with his own past failure to protect his older sister, Bard’s skewed mind begins to see Anna as another…

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