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 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    February 22, 2024 

Lifelong Learning: Unconditional love

My cat and I are watching TV as I write this. She loves sitting on me or near me, she sleeps on my head and is forever coming up to me and asking me to pet her. Sweetest cat ever. The ironic part of this whole thing is that from the time I was born...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    October 19, 2023

Lifelong Learning: Grace-ful sayings

“Kids Say the Darndest Things” was a great TV show back in the day. All of my children, as well as all children do, in fact, say some great things as they try to “act grownup,” or simply because they call it like they see it. My two youngest...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    September 7, 2023

Lifelong Learning – On the court and in life

I recently read an article in the April/May 2018 edition of Coach and the AD titled “Becoming Defensive-Minded: Eight Concepts to Help Teams Dominate Their Opponents” by Coach Nathan Livesay, and as I read it, I quickly realized that these... Full story

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    July 13, 2023

Lifelong Learning - Elevator, Stairs, Escalator

If you ask my family, I like taking the stairs, even if we are staying in a hotel several floors up. I like taking the stairs up to the third floor at Western Wyoming Community College when working rather than the elevator. Thankfully I am able. My...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    May 11, 2023

Lifelong Learning: Through children's eyes

My two youngest daughters came out of their room a while back after playing Barbies and they were both just sobbing. They weren’t fighting or arguing—they were so sad and they were comforting each other. I asked them what was wrong. They said...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 22, 2022

Lifelong Learning: "Hygge" and other comfy words

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays my family and I watch Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. It’s become quite a little tradition. They are all very similar in nature, but we never really look at them as “if you’ve seen one,...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    October 6, 2022

Lifelong learning: Releasing your pressure valve

I am back! Some of you might not have even noticed or missed me, but some of you may have noticed I haven’t written in a few months. In fact, I have been asked by some people why they hadn’t seen any new articles in the paper or on my website in...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 17, 2021

Lifelong learning: The value of pets

Much has changed in the past year and a half with COVID-19 and our abilities to be out and about as much. However, one thing that has NOT changed is the love shown to us by our pets. In fact, if you are like me, even though you have still been just...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Lifelong learning: A matter of perspective

A while ago, my seven-year-old and I were watching ‘Elmo in Grouchland’. In the Elmo movie, Huxley, the villain, steals Elmo’s blanket. When Elmo asks for his blanket back, Huxley says, “If I touch it, I own it” then he touches a variety...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 20, 2021

Lifelong Learning: The uphill and downhill battles we face

I have probably made the jog from my house to the work at the college and/or back home, legitimately 500 times over the last couple years. I have run Grant Street so many times, I might actually have every crack in the sidewalk memorized. However,...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    October 21, 2020

My Shopping Cart Wheel

I am that person that always manages to “find” the shopping cart with the wonky wheel. I used to trade it out because it irritated me. The cart wobbled and sometimes made noise and it usually drove a little slower and pushed a little harder....

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    September 16, 2020

Lifelong Learning: Facing it

As we are forced to air high-five and elbow bump instead of hug or shake hands right now, in the FACE of Covid, I think it’s important to note several other very important things we are FACING. The face is a very important tool we all have. We use...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Lifelong learning: Keep walking on

I need to pay more attention to the messages in children’s books. I have read them to my kids for 23 plus years now, or they have then read them to me once they began reading on their own. We read a variety of stuff-chapter books, fiction,...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    April 29, 2020

Lifelong Learning: Old dogs and new tricks

During this time where I am working from home, I am trying to focus on a growth mindset for me personally. In addition to working from home, I am homeschooling my three littles and enjoying my three older children being at home, even though I wish...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 18, 2019

Walking through Western

I try to run to work ALMOST every day. I run in the hot weather and in the cold weather, the snow, the wind, the heat…I enjoy running although I don’t run all that fast. I would run every day but sometimes I need a car in the middle of the day,...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 18, 2019

Lifelong learning: Everyone should get a smiley face, gold star or celebration word

My sixth and final child is in kindergarten this year. My older three were in elementary school quite some time ago. I was in kindergarten in the dark ages. Many things have changed throughout the years but one thing I has not and I hope it never doe...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    November 27, 2019

Lifelong Learning: Put some dirt on it

We’ve all heard the expression, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s so true, and kids are super impressionable. We need to be mindful every time we open ours mouths TO and AROUND our children. I know with my...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    September 12, 2019

Lifelong Learning: Stay in the Game

I was reading an editorial by Tom Salvino in the Subaru Drive magazine of all places. (Yes, we have a Subaru as our home.) His article is titled, “The Best Kind of Teacher.” In it, Salvino talks about how growing up, his grandfather seemed to...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Lifelong Learning: Balancing acts

I recently read an article written by Emily Tipping, editorial director for the magazine Recreation Management, May 2019, about trying to keep work life and home life in balance on a consistent basis. Tipping said that we all have an idea of where...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Lifelong Learning: many forms of communication

The other day, my five and six-year-old daughters were singing the words to the song, “Nerves” by Terri Hendrix. My five year old sang, “You’re getting on my nurses.” (You should’ve seen me look at her and NOT react.) Then my six year...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Lifelong Learning: growing, growing, gone

It’s that time of year where schools all the way from pre-school through college, celebrate the accomplishments of students through graduation and commencement activities and ceremonies. This year, I am very excited as I actually have three...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Lifelong learning: Why Western works

I want to share a story. My oldest daughter Aly graduated a couple of years ago from Western. Then she worked at Western, while still taking a couple of classes after graduation. For her own reasons, she needed some time off before pursuing her bache...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Lifelong learning: taking perspective on moods

I read a passage in a book recently, describing mood contagion. Mood contagion says that when a person walks in the room, we can automatically sense if they are sad, angry, anxious, or upset and unless we are very mindful, their negative mood can ove...

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Lifelong learning: Paying yourself

If you are like me, you worry a little about stretching the dollar during the holidays. Of course, as has always been the case no matter where I have worked in education, my December paycheck has arrived the last day before vacation in December....

 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 12, 2018

Lifelong learning: Staying realistic and un-focusing

I read an article by Drs. Srini Pillay and David R. McDuff in the Nov./Dec. 2018 issue of Coach and AD, where they discussed how student-athletes can sharpen their minds by actually intentionally “un-focusing.” I really enjoyed this article and...


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