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Nancy Unchuan Toledo
Nancy Unchuan Toledo
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Young Fathers
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am
I am at an age now and have been teaching long enough to have college friends raising their own brood and to have former students become fathers. It is always a pleasant surprise when they pop up randomly in my life....
Obsolescence
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
The other week I had to bring my laptop to the shop because it wasn’t working.
Makeup
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am
My daily makeup regimen consists of concealer and a light foundation. If I’m feeling a little more glamorous, I might add some color on my eyebrows.
Advent
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - December 16, 2018 - 12:00am
When I was a little girl, I would wake up on Christmas morning incredibly excited to open presents which I got from Santa Claus and from family and relatives. Even in my earliest memories of Christmas morning, I...
FOBO
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - December 2, 2018 - 12:00am
My dad gave me a lot of shopping tips while I was growing up. Life skills, really. The top two were the following: One – if you were at home and needed to find something for a particular event, make the rounds...
Death
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - November 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Death is not something I particularly like thinking about. I don’t like horror movies.
Matchmaker
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - October 21, 2018 - 12:00am
I have encountered several images of God that have grown as my faith life has evolved.
Turbulence
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - September 23, 2018 - 12:00am
There is a tangible unrest these days – in the country, in the church, even in the climate.
Scandal
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - September 2, 2018 - 11:51pm
Last month, a Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed a scandalous number of sexual abuses perpetrated by Catholic priests and seminarians.
In Defense of Poetry
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - August 19, 2018 - 12:00am
There’s a beautiful line from Pablo Neruda that has stayed with me since the first time I heard it: “And it was at that age… poetry arrived in search of me…” The first time I heard...
Grit
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - August 5, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve been teaching for the past 18 years now. In my first few years of teaching, I focused much on trying to teach my students the skills I knew they would need for college.
Writing
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - July 15, 2018 - 12:00am
I could never keep a journal for long. Oh, I’d try. When I see a beautiful notebook or a fancy journal at a bookstore, I’d pick one up and make a mental note to start writing one. I’d start it,...
Dates
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - February 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Dates are interesting things. No, I’m not talking about the fruit. I’m not talking about the meeting a social or romantic appointment, either.
“Adulting”
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - January 21, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s the coined term that I see posted several times on my newsfeed. Probably because many of my friends on Facebook are former students.
Tether
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - January 7, 2018 - 12:00am
For some people, the thought of the new year brings about the chance to take stock of what has gone on the year before and to make plans for the coming year.
The Waiting Game
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - December 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
There is a game I made up that I often play with others when I’m caught waiting.
Compassion
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
I’ve worked with teenagers my entire professional life.
Unfollow
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - October 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
A year or two ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to the wonderfully liberating experience of unfollowing people on my Facebook newsfeed. It especially came in handy during the election season.
Connections
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - August 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
When I was a teenager I used to find it strange that my mother’s idea of “hanging out” with her friends meant going to Mass together or joining a procession or attending Bible classes.
Journeys
by Nancy Unchuan Toledo - July 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
My sense of direction is sorely lacking and I have, on many occasions, found myself lost. I’d much rather drive than navigate.
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