Young people breathe new life into all of us. As a professor mom, I get to cheat the system. Daily lessons abound.

My writing draws from the techniques of my favorite writers (Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway), poets (E. E. Cummings, Tupac Shakur), and bloggers (Donald Miller, John Pavlovitz).

And if you, too, believe in the power of your words to transform lives, I count you among my inspiration.