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September 14 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

I subscribe to several weekly emails from people who usually have something of value to share. Being a deliberate, lifelong learner, I relish the opportunity to pick up information that will help me and others to learn, grow and change.  One of those people is Whitney Johnson who, in this week’s email newsletter, offered up

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September 7 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

GOING OFF THE RAILS

There has been a lot said recently about someone going off the rails.  We know generally what that means in terms of losing direction, being disabled from further progress.  What happens when we’re the ones who have either lost traction or direction or even purpose?  What then? Most of us have had some kind of

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September 1 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 7 Comments

TRANSCENDING DIFFERENCES

Disagreements and differences of opinions separate people, communities and countries and there are those whose efforts are designed to pit people against each other through partisanship and intolerance. There are also those whose efforts are designed to build bridges of understanding, create communities of compassion and work toward bringing people together around a common vision,

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August 19 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

A BETTER MOUSETRAP

The phrase “build a better mousetrap” turned into a metaphor about the power of innovation and is frequently taken literally, with more than 4,400 patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office for new mousetraps, with thousands more unsuccessful applicants, making them the “most frequently invented device in U.S. history.” Five “better mousetrap” books

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August 15 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

SHOES

Monday morning I boarded a train (BART) to ride from Pleasanton CA to the Oakland Airport, just five stops before getting off and onto the two-car shuttle to the airport.   As the train filled with people, I mean really filled, within the 15 minutes before leaving, I found myself looking down at the floor and

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August 7 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

AN OPENING IN THE CLOUDS

Very early one morning when I woke up, I looked out the window (at 3 AM) and there was a strange narrow band of light above the mountain, Sierra Negra, which was across the river from where I lived. I wondered what it was, why it was there, what conditions caused it to be and

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August 5 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

GOING BACK

BACK TO SCHOOL Why do we say that you are going “back” to school? We know generally that it means returning, often to something familiar, going “back” somewhere and that is certainly one of the meanings when using the word “back” as an adverb. However, it also implies a past condition or situation. However, if

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August 1 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

THE FOUR-LEGGED STOOL

Most teachers, many parents and some students are aware of the three-legged stool concept and practice in schools.  The three legs are teacher, parents & student.  The teacher represents the school, the parents represent themselves and their child and the student can hopefully represent himself or herself to the extent possible.  Too much practice in

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July 29 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

REFLECTIONS

EXCERPTS from Chapter Seven in “SEVEN DECADES: A LEARNING MEMOIR”. (River House Press. 2013) LINK: www.tinyurl.com/nxlvqjn “When people in the next decade are trying to convey a picture of the most recent decade, they will use a self-portrait shot from a digital camera or cell phone held by one hand extended away from the subject. 

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