April 28 , 2021 /

LABELS

If you are a writer, there are times when you must write because it helps think through what’s troubling you.  Writer is a label. Lately, which in my case, means a long period of time, labels have worried me for numerous reasons not the least of which is that labels put people in boxes with

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April 24 , 2021 /

EXEMPLARY SCHOOLS

Some recent news reports indicate “culture wars” going on in schools with parents divided over curriculum issues having mainly to do with race.  There are other related social issues that schools must deal with and they are not going to please everyone and as professional educators they have to make choices about what to include

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February 17 , 2021 /

ILLUSTRATED INTENTION

Some people who know me might be surprised to learn that when I was invited to speak to a team of educators in an outstanding school, it was somewhat daunting for me. I speak to many school groups including faculties, boards of trustees, leadership teams, parents and students. The topics range over a wide variety

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February 2 , 2021 /

EXPLOSION OF EMOTION

It has been over three weeks since the storming of the U.S. Capitol and I am still sorting through the feelings that ranged from shock and surprise to disgust and anger.  There were others to sort through including disappointment, embarrassment and sadness.  I felt betrayed by my fellow human beings and tried to let it

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January 17 , 2021 /

MLK AND ME

In the early 1960’s I studied civil disobedience as illustrated by Martin Luther, a German pastor, and Mahatma Ghandi.  Luther’s 95 theses were written in 1517 and Ghandi led the protest against the national salt tax in 1930.. Being born in 1937, I was a young child during WWII, from 1941-1945. I learned more about

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January 11 , 2021 /

SADNESS MIXED WITH HOPE

 I left last week in a strange place.  By Sunday I was feeling sad that so many people seem unable or unwilling find a way to change their minds and look within themselves for a way to compassion, respect and outright love for their neighbors regardless of politics, race, religion or other differences. I believe

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