July 11 , 2016 /

CONVERGING THEMES IN A TIME OF SADNESS

A short time ago, June 22, I posted a blog “A Week From Hell” and it was mostly personal although it included the June 12 massacre in Orlando that put things into perspective. Then one of my heroes, Elie Wiesel, died on July 2, and I quoted him that day as a memorial: “I swore

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May 24 , 2016 /

KEEPING UP: UPDATES AND DOWNLOADS

Have you noticed how often you get a notice that a piece of software or an application needs to be “updated” and “downloaded” to be sure that you have the latest and greatest whatever?   It seems to me that it’s at least a weekly function like filling the gas tank or going to the grocery. 

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April 16 , 2016 /

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

Almost everyone I know, including myself, have had some kind of event that has thrown us off track, hopefully temporarily.  It’s not always easy to resume, like pushing the button on speed control.  There are many reasons why it’s so difficult to regroup ones energy, purpose and drive to continue.  We can feel emotionally and

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April 11 , 2016 /

SCHOOLS and the ” REAL WORLD”

Schools are already in the “real” world.  They just aren’t taking advantage of their external environments in creative and contemporary ways.  Instead they are still using old models for new learning.  Put new wine into old wine skins and what happens?  They burst, wasting the wine.  Too much energy, time and resources have been spent

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April 2 , 2016 /

QUITTING AS A GOOD THING

I’m a quitter.  In my first year of my first graduate school in 1959, I didn’t like it and I wanted to quit.   It did not seem like a good fit and although I was succeeding academically, I was not happy in pursuing those studies.  So, I decided about mid way through that first year

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March 20 , 2016 /

SPRING 2016

Many people associate Spring with the advent of new growth that we can see and smell.  In the southern hemisphere, not so, as it’s autumn there and the amount of daylight is decreasing.  While some spend more time inside than outside in the winter, we are now glad to be outside again, except of course

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