Jennifer Wilson is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Before entering the congregation, she completed two years as a Mercy Volunteer corps member in Guyana, South America. Her graduate degree is in education and special education. She has worked with homeless women and children as a social worker and presently is a theology teacher and the diversity, inclusion and equity coordinator at Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York.

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A fish tale: What I learned from the salmon

Horizons - I took a break to shake off burnout from being in the classroom during COVID-19. In Alaska, I watched salmon swim upriver. I saw hundreds try to swim up a waterfall. The approaching school year turns my thoughts back to those fish.

Visualizing our portal into the future

Horizons - "It's scary to give up what we know, but the abyss is where newness lives." These words jumped out at me as I read Margaret Wheatley's 2002 book Turning to One Another. The words seem like they were made for today.

Increasing my vocabulary and surviving COVID-19 in 2021

Horizons - Yes, it is OK to recognize the feeling of languishing, and it might be a good idea to start to see if there is a way for other feelings to emerge. Name it and move on to something other than languishing.

Learning from retreats at Lake Erie for the everyday

Horizons - I am beginning to imagine my life after the pandemic as a merging of both worlds, of some things from before and some things different. Do any of us really want to go back to our frenzied busy lives without time and space to just be?