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June 19 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

CELEBRATING SOLSTICE 2018

This year it’s June 21, at 10:07 GMT and you can figure out the exact time where you are with an easy converter.   For us here in PDT in the USA it’s 3:07 AM and I doubt we’ll be up then, but soon afterwards to at least watch the sun rise at it’s northernmost point

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June 13 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

DEPRESSION & SUICIDE

There are numerous categories of labels. Some are intended to be a helpful diagnosis such as DEPRESSION, much in the news lately. Two other labels are  ADD/ADHD, and the catch all CANCER wherein you have to specify what kind and where.  Those labels and many others in the field of medicine, psychology and education are

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June 4 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU

Here is a line from George Bernard Shaw’s play, “Back to Methuselah”  ‘There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?’  This was used by Robert Kennedy during his brief Presidential campaign and shortly afterwards in a eulogy for

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May 26 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

A Different Commencement

It’s that time of year again, graduations at high schools, colleges and universities across the country and 3.6 million high school seniors walking across the stage and picking up diplomas.  Have a brief look at this and the conclusions. Greenville High School, Greenville, Ohio, Class of 1955   (Greenville is a town of some 12,000 people

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May 17 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 6 Comments

THE TOP

I read a piece recently touting the achievements of the top performers in a given field.  At this point I can’t remember if it was the top 10, 20 or 100 and that doesn’t’ matter.  It started me thinking, an often dangerous and subversive activity.  My friends call it disruptive and that fits too.  Here

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May 13 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

A GIFT FOR THE GRADUATE

Think about 3.6 million high school graduates this Spring who have spent 13 or more years in school.  They have been tied to a curriculum that has good intentions for expanding the student’s world of knowledge, understanding and skills requisite for a good education.  How then do you answer the  question, “What are the marks

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April 29 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

EVERYONE AGES: SOME MORE THAN OTHERS

DIMENSIONS OF AGING – CHANGE IS CERTAIN – EITHER PLANNED OR UNPLANNED There are five dimensions of human activity that are interrelated and interdependent. Those are the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of ourselves and our relationships with others. We tend to treat people along one dimension and focus our energy, time and resources

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April 22 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

Earth Day Lessons

A friend, Alli Polin, commented recently, “We think transitions are endings but they’re really what the word is all about… movement including the time in between landings.”  That stuck with me for some reason so I explored it a little further, that phrase “the time in between landings” being particularly resonant.   Here was my

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April 16 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

TRANSITION

Transitions from one stage to another can be challenging for a variety of reasons.  Each of us differs in how we either plan for those or how we deal with them as they appear, whether on the horizon or suddenly in front of us. Two colleagues mentioned recently that they were in a transition mode

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