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September 19 , 2019 /

THEN AND NOW

As an 82-year-old, I have a perspective on living conditions then and now because how I lived then is different from how I live now. I appreciate the differences. Then there were no digital devices on which to rely for communication, storage or photos, etc. Now there is a plethora of computers, chips and bytes,

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September 15 , 2019 /

OPTIMUM LEARNING: ENVIRONMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Choosing a school in some quarters is controversial and I understand why different people respond differently when the topic of school choice comes up.  School choice has gotten a bad rap and there are some good reasons why.  One of the reasons is that charter schools, new to the scene starting in 1992, have had

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September 13 , 2019 /

ONE PHONE CALL

I was trying to get information for a national organization’s conference coming up in February, 2020.   Frustrated with the lack of up to date information on their web site, I thought about what I wanted to say and why and then picked up my phone to call.  The response was that they were too busy

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September 9 , 2019 /

END OF LIFE MATTERS

Susanne Duijjvestein inspired this post with this quote: “Being dead is no excuse.”   Susanne is a young, progressive undertaker/funeral director in Amsterdam. She ditched a successful career in banking to pursue her interest in our Western culture practices surrounding death, particularly how we deal with the end of life as we know it.  Another of

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August 31 , 2019 /

CHOICES AND DECISIONS – WHY AND HOW

Every day we have this privilege to decide how we will spend or invest it, how we will give ourselves over to it through time, energy, effort, thought, feelings and perhaps most visible of all, behavior.  For starters, do you consider this day a privilege or a gift or is it more of a job

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August 24 , 2019 /

STEPPING INTO THE UNKNOWN

Many people refer to stepping into the unknown as a leap of faith.  It’s true that to jump you need to believe you will either be caught or have a soft landing.  Letting go of the known for the unknown requires courage, confidence and for many people a belief that there is indeed a greater

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August 17 , 2019 /

LOOKING BACK LOOKING AHEAD

Positioned in the present, here is a brief public, personal and professional review and forecast.  The past, at least up to 2010, was reviewed summarily in the little book, “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir” (River House Press, 2013).  There was much left out, details and stories that didn’t seem to fit into the scheme of

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August 12 , 2019 /

READY, SET, GO

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL ?  (Posted originally August 5, 2018) 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

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August 5 , 2019 /

FREEDOM & COURAGE

This may seem redundant since my previous post, July 27, was titled, “Freedom of Choice” and toward the end, I said this: “we are free to choose what we believe in strongly enough to act accordingly.  If we believe that one of our freedoms is being compromised or limited by others then we can do

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