January 25 , 2019 /

RETIRE

(Fisk obtained the copyright for the sleepy boy and slogan “It’s time to retire” in 1910. The ad is from 1922.) Those of us who write, whether for pleasure or profit, have been encouraged to write what we know.  I’ve taken that to heart numerous times and the words come forth, sometimes with great effort,

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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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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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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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September 2 , 2017 /

“Come Labor On”

There’s an old Scottish hymn and the last verse is: “Come, labor on. No time for rest, till glows the western sky, till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie, and a glad sound comes with the setting sun, ‘Well done, well done!’” I sang that hymn numerous times but had not remembered it until

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