Last year I had a surprise entry in my life story….I woke up ‘winded’ one day after a particularly stressful day and sleepless night before. By the end of the day, I was in the ICU awaiting emergency cardiac surgery, and about two weeks later, I was home in recovery with a new identity as ‘cardiac patient’ and lucky survivor. Almost dying provided remarkable focus and unexpected opportunities for thoughtful reflection, and my slow return to good health over the past year or so has been a powerful journey. I always knew every day is a gift, but now I know it in a new and very meaningful way. Taking more time to do the things I enjoy (like teaching and learning) is a renewed priority to me. The Tech Fellowship is part of that.