October 4 , 2019 /

THIRTEEN MILES

I turn left off Highway #64, 75 miles north of Santa Fe onto Forest Road 151.  13 miles ahead, at the end of a single-lane, dirt road, lay my destination, a Benedictine monastery where I will spend the next three days, reading, writing, reflecting, meditating, walking and enjoying the surrounding desert landscape bordered by magnificent

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September 28 , 2019 /

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?

One of the first questions most often asked when meeting someone new is an attempt to identify the person by his or her job.  One of my favorite stories is about Reuel Howe, a professor of theology and author, who was met with this question by his seat mate on an airplane.  “So, what do

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September 15 , 2019 /

OPTIMUM LEARNING: ENVIRONMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Choosing a school in some quarters is controversial and I understand why different people respond differently when the topic of school choice comes up.  School choice has gotten a bad rap and there are some good reasons why.  One of the reasons is that charter schools, new to the scene starting in 1992, have had

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September 9 , 2019 /

END OF LIFE MATTERS

Susanne Duijjvestein inspired this post with this quote: “Being dead is no excuse.”   Susanne is a young, progressive undertaker/funeral director in Amsterdam. She ditched a successful career in banking to pursue her interest in our Western culture practices surrounding death, particularly how we deal with the end of life as we know it.  Another of

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August 17 , 2019 /

LOOKING BACK LOOKING AHEAD

Positioned in the present, here is a brief public, personal and professional review and forecast.  The past, at least up to 2010, was reviewed summarily in the little book, “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir” (River House Press, 2013).  There was much left out, details and stories that didn’t seem to fit into the scheme of

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August 12 , 2019 /

READY, SET, GO

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL ?  (Posted originally August 5, 2018) Why do we say that you are going “back” to school? We know generally that it means returning, often to something familiar, going “back” somewhere and that is certainly one of the meanings when using the word “back” as an adverb. However, it also implies

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