A Thursday in Amherst | Three Peaks and a Valley #15

This series, Three Peaks and a Valley refers to three positive moments and one negative moment that happens during a twenty-four hour period of my life. When I’m feeling down, my mom tells me to remember one positive and one negative thing about the experience: a peak and a valley.

Three Peaks and a Valley aims to outweigh the negative with the positive.

Three Peaks and a Valley is a regular miniseries that, by sharing my own moments of joy and vulnerability I hope that you’ll think about your own.

PEAK: I met a new class of 10 or 11 students that I connected immediately with today working at Upward Bound. Sometimes it can be hard to warm up to a new group, especially teenagers, but everyone opened up and shared about themselves right away. One girl rapped some lyrics she wrote and another boy sang a song that meant a lot to him. It was so powerful to feel invited into that space.

PEAK: I had time to kill at the UMass campus waiting for a co-worker to show up so I sat on these big stone steps on top of the campus center for a while, having a random conversation with a friend in the sun. I don’t remember what the conversation was about, but I remember thinking how nice it was to sit on the steps in the sun without having any work to do at that moment. It was nice.

PEAK: On my late drive home, the weather was crazy. It cycled through dense fog, an onslaught of rain, and a cloudless night of stars. I liked it. I listened to an NPR book talk on the radio about speculative science fiction authors. I rolled all the windows down. It was great.

VALLEY: I caught my foot just right walking across the UMass campus and took a tumble in front of quite a few people. Everyone saw. I was embarrassed. My ankle throbbed for a while.


An old one but a favorite

As always, share your peaks and valleys with me in the comment section below!

Take care,





One thought on “A Thursday in Amherst | Three Peaks and a Valley #15

  1. PEAK: LIke you, I always feel grateful when I wake up in the morning. Now that it is summer, I can wake a little later but always I lie still for a moment and feel my body in this warm space. During the school year, I have less time and my focus is more on wanting there to be a few minutes after waking up before my feet hit the ground. It seems to me, sometimes, that the floor is like the gate opening at the Kentucky Derby. BANG! You’re off…but today it was cool, peaceful and more of a drifting into life.
    PEAK: I went to yoga. Always a peak for me.
    PEAK: It is mid-afternoon and I have errands to run. It is so sweetly cool and quiet at the house I am wondering if I could just stay here and enjoy being here. I am thinking, ‘yes’.
    Valley: My iPad is acting up. I hit letters and it doesn’t register them and it is saying I don’t have any internet connection. I am a little bugged by this.

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