Monthly Archives: December 2014

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LISTENING, LEARNING AND MOVING FORWARD

I once said to Bill Moyers that one reason I enjoyed his presentations was that he was a very good teacher and I learned so much by just listening to him.  He is a great storyteller.   He responded by saying that he considered himself the student and was always eager to learn from others.

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TEN LESSONS LEARNED IN A 50-YEAR CAREER

   1.    Keep learning alive – Commit to becoming a life-long learner and whether or not you are an early adopter, consider how the world has changed and you along with it.  2.    Step out of your comfort zone – Whether in learning something new, understanding and appreciating the opposing point of view, or becoming

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WINTER SOLSTICE IS TODAY

On Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 6:03 PM Eastern Time (for me) the sun reaches its southernmost point before starting back on its northward trek toward Spring.  You can calculate your own time accordingly. Actually it has more to do with the tilt of the earth on its axis and its elliptical orbit but we will

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WINTER SOLSTICE (in 55 words)

Hours of sunlight increase and decrease, a predictable schedule. A calendar of days, weeks, months, one more year. Come December 21, in the northern hemisphere, the sun appears at its southernmost point along the horizon. The northward trek starts again, lengthening daylight hours. We burn candles and fires to celebrate solstice.  It’s about the light.

CURIOSITY

A colleague asked me to write something about curiosity and in so doing I wondered about what it is that makes us curious.  When we see or hear something about which we want to know more, what is it that propels us to explore in more depth and detail toward a greater level of understanding?  

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FREEDOM TO CHOOSE and SCHOOL CHOICE

We grow up in this country believing that freedom is perhaps the most important value that one can hold and cherish.   The following sentence has often been called one of, if not the most famous in the world, and has been used repeatedly to bear witness to that belief.  “We hold these truths to be

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