January 20 , 2019 /

TEACHING OLDER DOG

We can all look back and remember a teacher or two who made a difference in our lives.  I’ve used that exercise when working with groups of teachers in a professional development setting. However, this is not about looking back, but rather the present and looking ahead. I have two teachers currently in Mexico.  One

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January 11 , 2019 /

SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss “I never let schooling interfere with my education.”  Attributed to Mark Twain In the past few weeks, as I have continued my work and enjoyed a number of conversations with school

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December 28 , 2018 /

END & BEYOND

In Central Switzerland there is a trail that leads to the “End of the World” – the place where the Horbis valley suddenly comes to an end.  The trail starts at Engelberg railway station and leads down to the end of Dorfstrasse. There, by the Abbey chapel, you follow the steps up to the road,

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December 15 , 2018 /

WINTER SOLSTICE 2018

On Friday, December 21, 2018, at 2:23 pm PST 22:23 UTC, the sun will reach its southernmost point before starting back on its northward trek toward Spring. That’s for all of us in the northern hemisphere.  You can calculate your own time accordingly. It has more to do with the tilt of the earth on its

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December 11 , 2018 /

LABEL READER

Maybe there’s an app or one waiting to be developed that will scan and read a label which is often so small I can’t see it.  I have been a label reader for a long time and it doesn’t seem to be receding like so many other things at this point. Take yesterday for example.

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December 3 , 2018 /

TURN ON THE LIGHT

Advent, which began December 2, is about the adventure, the anticipated arrival of the Light, whether Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas or Diwali, just celebrated. These are holidays, holy days. Holy means simply, “set apart.” Here are the lyrics from a piece of music which Alexa played for me this morning: This one

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