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December 19 , 2012 /

CELEBRATE WINTER SOLSTICE 2012

According to various calculations, standards and clocks, Winter solstice in the northern hemisphere will occur this year at 11:12 AM UTC, on December 21, which is 4:12 AM  Mountain Standard Time, 6:12 AM Eastern Time and 3:12 AM Pacific Time.  While it happens technically at a moment in time, the recognition and celebration may occur

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December 15 , 2012 /

VIOLENCE & VIDEO GAMES

To understand some of the effects of video games, we need to go back to debriefings conducted by the U.S. Army after WWII.  Interviewing soldiers returning from battle, researchers discovered a disturbing fact. A significant number of soldiers had been face to face with an enemy soldier, rifle in hand, enemy in their sights, gun

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December 15 , 2012 /

“Top Ten Serious Afflictions Among Educators”

10. MABS – Myopic, Apathetic, Blame Syndrome – This disease is characterized by lack of vision, indifference and the attempt to shift responsibility to other people. (see following ailment). 9. PEST – Plasmapheretic Educational System Transference – A condition recognized in those who drain the organism and then because of inactivity offer bureacracy as a

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December 14 , 2012 /

The Most Recent Decade

At the conclusion of the most recent decade (2000-2010) I have learned what works and what the critical variables are in the education/learning equation.  And it has taken me back to the beginning.  I call it the full circle of success – common vision, common values, and common purpose.  If we are to succeed in

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December 10 , 2012 /

Christmas and Stuff

A funny thing happened last week on the way to Best Buy.  I was listening to NPR and an interview with Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff.  If you know the book, then nothing more need be said but if you don’t, the sub-title is “How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the

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November 9 , 2012 /

Celebrating Veterans’ Day

With November 11 approaching and knowing that at least one of my colleagues has a holiday on Monday, my thoughts turned to the occasion of the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that marked the end of World War I.   I wonder if perhaps we should do even more

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November 7 , 2012 /

PEST – Post Election Stress Thoughts

Waking up this morning to yesterday’s election results shows what we all know, that this is a country that is polarized, divided and fractured.   The political divisions are significant because they are along race, class and ethnic lines, they are clearly socio-economic, and these differences must be bridged somehow if we are to become

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November 1 , 2012 /

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

Some passing thoughts on creativity, innovation……   “We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most

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October 14 , 2012 /

A Personal Reflection

$1749.20 per ounce – The Price of Gold and My Priceless Golden Girl 7:30 AM, October 14, Abiquiu, New Mexico The sun is streaming through the cottonwood trees and it is as if this brilliant sunlight is making them shine like gold.  I look out my three office windows into a veritable forest of gold,

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