Dearest Friends, Happy holidays! I know it may be a bit early, but I already started my holiday shopping! It's been so long since I have written to you. The last time we chatted, I was pursuing my doctorate in English at Old Dominion University. Something happened that caused me to drop the program. Back in early October, I went to the hospital for a terrible illness that was caused by stress and bad medication. It almost caused me to quit my job too. Luckily, I went on medical leave for 2 weeks and was able to get back on track. Sadly, I had to drop ODU's program, but I truly feel in my heart that I did the right thing. Looking back, I'm not sure if ODU had the best program for me. I had somewhat of an epiphany when I went to the hospital. I want to teach literature. Forgive me, I know you helped me so much with library science and my PhD in English program. I don't mean to waffle back and forth. I guess I'm at a stage in my life where I want to settle down into a career that makes me happy. I realized that I do love being a teacher. I guess I was just overstressed and overworked. Sometimes, it's okay to step away from that mountain of merciless ungraded papers. I guess I'm thinking out loud here, but maybe when I'm healthy again, I can start looking into going back to school again. My boss said I would make a lovely supervisor of an English department. She recommended Seton Hall University's supervisor program, which is entirely online! I like this idea, but I want more. I like the idea of going for a PhD in English Education because it allows me focus on my love for literature and applying it to my pedagogy. Maybe I can teach future educators at the college level. I would love that very much. But I guess I want to know if I should do an Ed.D instead. I guess I'm conflicted about how the Ed.D would be perceived as opposed to a PhD. I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you so much for everything, my dear friends. I owe you big time!