Rita A. Capezzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English
I try to smile more, even when events around me suggest that there is nothing about which to smile. Smiling helps me tap into a sense of wonder about the world and of gratitude for life and my place in its midst. Smiling takes me out of the small-mindedness and mean-heartedness that sometimes plague me. Many times, people smile back. But even when they don't, smiling still connects me more closely to all those others with whom I share the mystery and beauty of living. And laughing -- that's good, too!