Returning Part 1

I didn’t know returning to a Morganroth would create this strange place of re-inhabiting it and re-turning to it. Twenty years had passed. Twenty years. I do remember being 17 or 22, and I am occasionally and regularly astonished at how two things can exist at once: the fact that I feel exactly the same…

Passing the Peace

One thing I admire and even miss about the Catholic and Episcopalian churches is the regular ritual of Passing the Peace. It’s probably my favorite part of the service—up there with singing something I recognize and the notion that a cathedral (stained glass windows, arching gothic ceiling) simply forces you to look up from your…

Autumn in NYC

I’m in New York City. Can’t believe I waited so long in my life to love this place. It’s hard to describe it, and so many artists, musicians and writers have tried to do so. It’s not a melting pot, as some say, even though you can see cultures blended and woven and superimposed. It’s…

Grand Opening!

It is a very exciting day here at LibbyWagner.com! Today I am reviewing the pages and content of our new website. This website has been in development behind the scenes for most of 2013 and it is really exactly what I wanted! Taking this radical step in my career has had many ups and downs…

Sunny Day in a Rainy Place

  After an absolutely stunning sunny weekend in Seattle, yesterday we were back to 17 shades of gray and outbursts of rain. It’s easy to become tired, distracted and even discouraged—after all, will summer ever happen? And what about all the changes  in education—the increased visibility, cuts in budgets, layoffs, with the constant need to…

Delivering Difficult Messages the Right Way

A few years back, I was interviewed by Anita Bruzzese for Intuit QuickBase. Anita is a syndicated columnist for Gannett/USA Today on workplace issues and the author of “45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy.” She has been on the Today show, and quoted in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour,…

Libby’s Intro to “Somehow”

Letter to a Potentially Reluctant Reader First, let me just say this: I’m sorry for all your teachers who made you hate poetry, or at least those who just weren’t able, in their misguided intentions, to help you love it as your own. I ask you to let go of some old story that it’s…