March 10 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

CAREER AND LIFE TRANSITIONS

Two colleagues mentioned very recently that they were in a transition mode and my response to each was that we are often, almost always, in some form of transition and the big ones are much more challenging. One person is retiring from a distinguished career as an educator, a leader and change agent in public,

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February 21 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

Word choices

A friend stopped by one morning recently and said her “word for the year” is “curiosity.” That is a terrific word and I told her that curiosity is the foundation for learning so this will be a year of learning as she explores what she is curious about. I wondered if many things that I

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February 14 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

BUILDING WALLS

Robert Frost says it best: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down…” Frost expresses my sentiments better than I can and in such a

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February 3 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / 5 Comments

PARADOX REVISITED

We visited the Kennedy Space Center on April 10, 2014, primarily to see a rocket launch, something we had not witnessed in person previously and it certainly lived up to our expectations. It was a beautiful day and the several thousand people gathered on the shoreline were all waiting patiently for the scheduled 1:45 PM

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January 31 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

AGING GRATEFULLY – PART II

There are five dimensions of human activity that are inextricably interrelated and interdependent.   These are present regardless of our chronological age and they are not only important components in adult development, they are also factors that become even more critical in the aging process. Each one affects one or more of the others in ways

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January 21 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

THE GIFT OF AGING GRATEFULLY – PART I

We all have this in common. We’re all getting older, day by day, month by month, year by year. What we witness, regardless of our age, are the changes that take place and some of those happen rapidly on both ends of the continuum. The early changes in child development and adolescence are generally related

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January 9 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

MIGRATION FOR US & FOR THEM

We left the U.S. in early November, headed south across the border to a warmer climate in Mexico, returning to one of our favorite places on the Pacific Coast north of Puerto Vallarta.   We traveled in our RV and camped at La Parota in the village of Lo de Marcos, in the state of Nayarit,

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December 27 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

TWO KINDS OF CHANGE: Planned & Unplanned

There are two kinds of change, planned and unplanned. While the former is more desirable, it’s not always possible. When planned change can be anticipated there are specific steps to insure that the most effective and successful change is implemented. When change that is precipitated by external factors is not anticipated, the response to the experience may

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