From Dr. Coyle | A Time to Pause

Last week, as the first light snow of the season fell on our Oregon campuses, I was reminded of some of my favorite childhood moments in Minnesota and Alaska.

I loved how, when it snowed, the world seemed to soften. For a moment, everything goes quiet and still.

Over the next several weeks, most of us will celebrate in some way. There are dozens of holidays, feast days, and festivals across the world’s religions and cultures in the months of November, December and January.

Wherever you are, and whatever you celebrate, I hope you are able to take a moment to capture that sense of stillness. As you hustle through decorations, food prep, and parties, step back for a moment of quiet. Give yourself permission to stop and breathe.

Pause. Be still. Be well.

And have the happiest of holiday seasons, snow or none.

My best,

Jenny Coyle '90, OD '93, MS '00

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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022