Be True to Your School

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: The moment one definitely commits oneself,…all sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. …

Critical Conversations

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.   –  John F. Kennedy When E was between the ages of two and three, he adopted the very developmentally appropriate …

New Year’s Reflections

We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience. –          John Dewey January is always a time in which my family and I reflect on the past year and dream about our hopes for the future. We try and step back and look at the big picture before diving into our specific plans …

Bring the Holidays into Focus

Your focus is your reality. –          Yoda, Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace As I entered the final stretch before Christmas, I paused, amidst my color coded lists of menu planning, decorating, present wrapping, gift creating, house cleaning and broken toy mending. I could feel my anxiety mounting to frenzy status and needed to quiet …

Holiday Family Meetings

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives. – Anthony Robbins Have you ever worked for an organization in which you called your work colleagues friends or “family”? I have had that great fortune several times and in those cases, I have always looked forward to staff …

A Story of Thanksgiving

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. –    John Fitzgerald Kennedy When I started to think about Thanksgiving and gratefulness this year, a memory flashed through my mind that I couldn’t and didn’t want to shake. It was the early …

Helping Your Child’s School Create a Caring Community: Lessons from a Parent Volunteer

The garden is a great metaphor for my work on creating caring learning communities with my kid’s schools. You need to enrich the soil, pull the weeds, be patient and allow it time to grow. It takes years and lots of patience. –          Jeanne Osgood This week I interviewed a regular reader and responder to …

Simple Stories of Kindness

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. –          Amelia Earhart …

Weapon Play and Villains

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. – Francis Bacon Truly wonderful the mind of a child is. –          YODA, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones “I want to be Darth Vader when I grow up,” said E with grandeur as he strutted through the house with …

Tone Tuning

Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little Cheep, cheep, cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more. –          From the musical, Music Man (1957) It is easy to forget that the music of our speech, our tone of voice, communicates just as much as the actual content of what is …

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