Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Landscape, Language, Teaching, Wildness, Beauty, Imagination

Joan & Dawn: The Personal and the Professional


First bouquet of Summer 2020.

First bouquet of Summer 2020.

Dawn & Joan, Tucson 2019

Dawn & Joan, Tucson

In between Zoom meetings, report writing, and email today, I received a text of a piece she wrote from Joan Wink. Some know her as an internationally renowned scholar, professor, and writer. I know her as Mom. During this time of the lockdown, this piece on the intertwining of our personal and professional lives feels especially resonant. For all of us, the compartmentalization of the personal and the professional has dissolved in these past months, whether we wanted it to or not.

For Mom and I, the intentional braiding together of the personal and professional creates a primary pillar in of our personal and professional lives—each strengthening the other. Mom began writing of this piece for WinkWorld and discovered later that day that I was making a video on just this topic this for one of my PhD courses focusing on Women in Leadership.

Mom shares her wisdom and my video here: Dawn & Joan: The Personal and the Professional.

As I watched the video for the first time in several months, taken after a month spent on my parents’ ranch while my dad received treatment for prostate cancer in AZ, I flashed on Daddy, Mom, Noé, and I this past Christmas, smack-dab in the midst of my own cancer treatment. Daddy said, “I’ve heard that it’s 1 in 8 people in the US who develop cancer. In our Wink family, it’s 3 out of 4.”

“Well,” we said, “at least we’re in it together!”

As we all navigate this global journey of the lockdown, doing our extraordinarily imperfect human best to meld our personal and professional lives into the best whole we can compose, perhaps we might find ways to fuse these often separate lives together for a mutual strengthening and inspiration of each. No matter how messy and exhausting the journey (and it is), bits of beauty are sure to shine through.

At least we’re in it together!

Work day.



Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination.

14 thoughts on “Joan & Dawn: The Personal and the Professional

  1. Dear Dawn, I love your stories, your use of words as pictures, and all you write. You stir my soul! At 4:30 this morning, I was sitting on my patio reading (again) “Meadowlark.” It is a favorite read for me. Now comes a new column and a new picture of you. I love the red shawl on you…..and yes, red is a good color for you. I am so sorry to have learned of what you have gone through with your cancer diagnosis. I am sure you are meeting it head-long and head-strong, though it is a battle. And your Dad….wish I had known he was in AZ for treatment. Maybe we could have been his wheels….or at least inspiration. My, what you have all been through. And your strong Mother….she keeps on keepin’ on! You all open my eyes to a world of optimism and hope. I send hope, good karma, prayers and mostly, much love to all of you.
    Rhoda Thomas Harpur

  2. Well done, dear Dawn. Really loved the TED Talk!

  3. Haha–your dad! I suppose in a graded assignment 3/4 is a much higher score than 1/8! Such teacher/achievers!

  4. Dawn…You & your Amazing Mom are such an Inspiration & Ray of Sunshine & Love🥰💕

    • So wonderful to hear from you, Carolyn! Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out. Here’s to our shared roots. So very grateful for the lens of blessing you bring to all. You inspire me. Hugs across the years and miles!

  5. You ARE a wildflower, for sure. One that can’t be cut down, one that can’t be silenced, one who refuses to wait. I’m grateful for your friendship and leadership influence in my life. Walk in beauty, BA Dawn girl. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Oh, dear BA Betsy, I am so infinitely grateful for you and our shared journey. You never cease to amaze, inspire, and strengthen through your presence and spirit. Sending such love and hugs to you across the miles, BA Betsy girl. XOXOX

      • I’ve got to be better about checking WordPress. Somehow I just now read this message. And right when I needed it.

        Little BA, your gentle strength radiates a hundred thousand beams, a glowing warm shower of love, peace, and happiness coating everyone in your atmosphere. I’m the grateful one, to share this epic journey in time with you, mi amiga bonita.
        Love and hugs from Oklahoma, Dawn girl! XoxoxO

  6. Thx Dawn. Always enjoy reading Dewdrops. 😘Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  7. As always, thank you for sharing. This line “doing our extraordinarily imperfect human best” really resonated with me. Hugs from New Zealand!

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