Words are my primary medium. Encouragement is my primary motive. Together, they drive my passion for writing, learning, and other creative endeavors…Barbara Farland
I believe stories make us and stories make us known. In turn, I pay attention. I’m keen to details. Then I craft what I observe and research into stories and other works that tug on the heart strings, motivate action, and/or celebrate beauty, diversity, and divinity.
In his book The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer says that “good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” For me, this means 1) nurturing my students’ learning much more than providing an education, and 2) showing up as a co-learner and conduit.
I also identify as an artist. I love to celebrate and to experiment with color, texture, and symbolism, be it in my writing or the myriad other pastimes and interests that occupy my days. I often express my creativity through crocheting, fiber arts, graphic design, and collage.