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March 28 , 2020 /

SUCCESS EQUATION

“The success equation is the combination of common vision, common values, and common purpose.”  Preface, p. ix in “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir”  (River House Press, 2013) https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Decades-Learning-Memoir-2013-09-30/dp/B01K3J28I4 During World War II, I saw that a fusion of vision, values and purpose provided a united front in order to defeat destructive forces in two different

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March 17 , 2020 /

PERSONAL SACRIFICE

At the beginning of this week, here was a question posed to a small group to consider: When are sacrifices, restrictions and limited personal freedoms a good thing? The general response was when those are for the greater good as well as one’s own well-being. In the midst of the current COVID-19 crisis everyone is

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March 15 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

These lyrics, from Willie Nelson, could be our theme song: “On the road again Goin’ places that I’ve never been Seein’ things that I may never see again And I can’t wait to get on the road again Here we go, on the road again Like a band of Gypsies we go down the highway

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March 2 , 2020 /

LESSONS LEARNED BUILDING A BARN

When we moved to the River House in Abiquiu, New Mexico, in 2005, we found ourselves with a wonderful house on the banks of the Chama River which we remodeled completely. It was about a mile south of the village and Georgia O’Keefe’s studio.  When we surveyed the entire property I thought we needed a

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February 12 , 2020 /

TRANSFORMING K-12 SYSTEMS

No one said it would be easy and a number of people have made various suggestions, many of which ended up with tweaks around the edges. Much about the system, the delivery and the environments remain too much the same and are not engaging the majority of students in meaningful learning experiences.   Part of the

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February 3 , 2020 /

GROWING OLDER GRATEFULLY AND GRACEFULLY

Passing by 80 seems to be a milestone of some kind or other for many of us.  It may be the realization of where we are on the continuum, how we regard a life that has blessed us with wonderful relationships, opportunities and choices.  Here are a few observations and experiences that have emerged, along

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January 28 , 2020 /

STREET WITHOUT A NAME

I saw a street last week named “Camino Sin Nombre” and I wondered why? Did whoever is in charge of naming streets run out of names?  Or did the people living on the street decide they wanted something original and unique?   Regardless of the origin of the street name, the experience ignited my thinking about

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January 21 , 2020 /

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

The bumper sticker message is clear. It does not ask a question. It’s in the imperative and requires a choice or a response. You may or may not choose to lead. You may or may not choose to follow the leader. If you wish to be neither a leader nor a follower then the message

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January 16 , 2020 /

NO WORRIES

Here is a quote from Anne Lamott on Wednesday, January 15, that inspired this blog: “You can’t say that things will be fine down the road, because that holds the spiritual authority of someone chirping ‘No worries!’ at Starbucks, or my favorite, ‘It’s all good!’ at the market. It’s *so* not all good. And I’m

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