August 1 , 2018 /

THE FOUR-LEGGED STOOL

Most teachers, many parents and some students are aware of the three-legged stool concept and practice in schools.  The three legs are teacher, parents & student.  The teacher represents the school, the parents represent themselves and their child and the student can hopefully represent himself or herself to the extent possible.  Too much practice in

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July 1 , 2018 /

CONNECTIONS

What is a connection?  Two entities making contact?  For a moment in time? For several moments, or a week, month or year?  Or more?   When we talk of electrical circuits, including the brain, we sometimes refer to a disconnect.  When something or someone becomes unplugged and loses a power source, all kinds of interesting things

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April 29 , 2018 /

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 16 , 2018 /

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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March 14 , 2018 /

PERSEVERANCE AND PATIENCE

I know that perseverance pays off, and while I believe that, I must add, eventually.  When I learned to connect patience with perseverance, I found that I had a much better chance of the payoff.  Here’s an excerpt from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. “We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without

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March 4 , 2018 /

D.Q. in 3-D

If you have not heard of  D.Q. or “Desire Quotient” consider this. The image, attributed to Stephen Covey, has four “Q’s” which are all described as intelligence.  I want to add a fifth “Q” which is D.Q as “a conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment.”   For many people that

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