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You May Sputter, But You Must Start

When I was in high school, my dad tried to teach me how to drive a stick..

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You

To the wild ones

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Swirling

I have so much to say, yet nothing of value to add.

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On Wings & Whimsy: Interactive Journal and Web-Series Episode 6

Well, you have made it to Week SIX!  Our final week of the Wings & Whimsy..

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To You, Who Teach

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week/Thank a Youth Worker Day/Education..

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On Wings & Whimsy: Interactive Journal and Web-Series Episode 5

Welcome to Week Five of the six part Wings & Whimsy Webinar Series! (That is..

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You Matter (Don't Forget)

One of my beloved colleagues is retiring this week. Lucille Rivin has been a..

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On Wings & Whimsy: Interactive Journal and Web-Series Episode 4

Week four!  Welcome to week four!  This is the fourth of our six-part Wings..

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Beware The Help That Harms

The kids and I took a road trip to Hilton Head Island this summer.  It was a..

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On Wings & Whimsy: Interactive Journal and Web-Series Episode 3

Welcome to Week Three!  I’m so happy to have you here, whether you’ve come..

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The Scary Thing

So I was thinking about this post I wrote back in April of 2012, called “..

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On Wings & Whimsy: Interactive Journal and Web-Series Episode 2

Hello, and welcome to Week TWO of the Wings & Whimsy Webinar series.  I’m so..

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More Than Ever... Grace and Space

Oh, it’s starting isn’t it? Our human need to examine and comment on how..

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Impact

I don’t know how this is affecting you, specifically. I don’t know if you..

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Don't Lick Your Neighbor

I’m typing this over my twentieth cup of coffee, coughing and sneezing up a..

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The Power Of Children

Last month, I asked Marlowe (my 11-year old) to write another post for me. ..

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Jack

Do you have people in your life that make you go “Damn—THAT is how I want to..

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The In Between

The concept of “liminal space,” the space in between—in between what’s “now”..

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Mistake

I have a shirt that I love… it’s so cozy and baggy and soft. When I wear it,..

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Pushing the Envelope

It’s always been important to me to push the envelope beyond what is and..

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I Wonder

I wonder, in the measuring of my days, if the universe will nod in approval..

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Split Seconds

If you’re a racing fan like me, maybe you watched the Daytona 500 yesterday..

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Lucky Enough

“I don't know how long I can do this, he said. I think the universe has..

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Happy Heart's Day, Every Day

What does it mean to love with your whole heart?

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Pain Is Part Of It

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful..

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Can You See It? (The Beginning of Wisdom, Part Two)

My son was taking a bath in my bathroom the other night, and I was sitting..

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The Beginning of Wisdom, Part One

As we approach the middle of another January, many of us are also already..

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A Manifesto to Life

Happy 2020! 

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Small Kindnesses

What is the meaning of life?

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News

You know how there are weeks that go by hum-drum, with the day-to-day..

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The Slight

I was recently sharing my excitement over something I had read that really..

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This Is An Urgent Message

Yesterday was my birthday—I’m now 47 years young, thank you very much...

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Write Your Own Ending

So, I learned first-hand over the summer the absolute joy that can come from..

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The Hope That Emerges

So, I backed into my neighbor’s mailbox the other day. Knocked it clean off..

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The Broken Places

I’ve come to understand something in the last few months that is in direct..

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The Lost Places

“I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going..

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Majestic

I love trees.   Love them in ways I can’t explain.

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Hey.

I burst a blood vessel in my eye today.  Randomly and without any seeming..

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Appreciation, To Those Who Teach

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week…  so, if you are a teacher, a group..

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May In My Heart

It’s May It’s May It’s May!

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The Fluidity of Time

Time is such a funny thing, isn’t it?

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Simple Happiness

What does happiness look like to you? What does it feel like?

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The Super Hero That IS Within

The kids and I saw the movie Shazam  this weekend. We all loved it, and..

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I Wish...

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about wishes. 

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On Bravery

What does it mean, to be brave?

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Pause ... and Celebrate

Okay, so January for me has been about New Year’s resolutions and football,..

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Sometimes It Zigs... Sometimes It Zags

Football again…    this past weekend held the championship games to..

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Taking On The Year

I’ve still got the new year on my mind. The first week of January I talked..

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Today Is The Only Day

I’m so sad about the news that came out of Pittsburgh this weekend, and the..

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Just Be There

The kids and I were in NYC last week—their fall break and my monthly..

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I Hate Myself

“I hate myself.  I will never love myself again.”

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Joy-Full

I’m distressed by a lot of the news lately, as I mentioned last week. And..

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Calm

Well it’s September 11th.   

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The Big Wild World

Well.  Here we are…. After Labor Day. Those of you lucky ones who have been..

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Friends

Marlowe’s two best friends were over for a bit today, and since I’ve been..

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A Lifetime of Firsts

Starting a new school year is sooo hard. It’s been fascinating to watch my..

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Behind The Curtain

I’ve had so many conversations with people lately about how when we look at..

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Diving Into The Unknown

And just like THAT! It’s back to school time. My children head back to the..

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I Don't Get It

I don’t get Marshmello

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Adventure

“Hello everyone! Its Marlowe again. Today I thought I would write about my..

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Rest

Happy Fourth-of-July Week!  The quintessential marker of “summer” for many..

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Awake Moments

So I didn’t post a blog last week because I was computer-less; my laptop..

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The Summer of Our (Dis)Content

Well, we’re a full week into summer.

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Hitched to The Universe

I was sitting at my kitchen counter working the other day and as I was..

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It Happens Here

On Friday there was yet another school shooting, this time at a middle..

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Transitions

This is my kids’ last week of school before summer break begins.  And for my..

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The Hard and The Beautiful

One thing I now understand to be true.  As you get older, life gets harder. ..

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To Write or Not to Write

So I missed writing last week (again) because of a booked up week of west..

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Open Doors

Exotic

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Humans, Together

So, I missed posting last week. I missed posting because a family situation..

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What Is

“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening..

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Plans.  And The Weather. Oh, And The Sky

My six-year-old son is a big fan of racing, so in the past year I’ve tried..

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The Plan

Today's post is brought to you by my Wings & Whimsy sidekick and..

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The Mirror

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought some version of “Eck… you..

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Beyond The Flood

Recently I was traveling down to the southern part of Indiana to conduct a..

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Winter Heart

Is it just me, or has everyone been sick pretty much since Thanksgiving?

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Butterfly

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a..

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Hope Until The Clock Runs Out

There was some exciting football going on in the divisional playoffs this..

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Another Try

I always turn to people that inspire me at the beginning of a new year with..

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On Kindness, Take Two

The past few weeks I’ve written about forgiveness and love, of ourselves and..

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A Holiday Invitation

Happy December!

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On Kindness

Today is World Kindness Day. Did you know that?

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Loving This World

Oh, Texas.  

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Football Proud

My son, who is in first grade, played rookie tackle football this fall. The..

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As Planned

I had the honor of traveling to Utah last week for the Utah Afterschool..

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Bending The Arc

So I went to see a performance by author/educator/activist Parker Palmer..

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On Story

I love stories. The power of stories. The idea of stories. The belief that..

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The Beautiful You and We

Some weeks I turn to the words of others in absence of words of my own.

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When It's NOT the Worst Thing

Happy Monday, Everyone. Our dear friend Ali had quite a night last night.....

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Right Nows

Today is the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I've been..

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Go Play

Today is Labor Day. A day to celebrate the work you do... and to take a day..

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Passion

Dylan (my six year old son) is a race car fanatic.  Specifically, NASCAR. ..

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Wonder-Full Joy

Wonder-full

"Morning Sun In Indiana"

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ExScaredEd

ExScaredEd

"Lightroom Preset Balloon Released" by Lenny K Photography

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The Changing of a Season

Change

IMG_1760 by Robert Couse-Baker

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Joy and Inspiration from Fred & George Weasley

Magic

"Magic" by Umberto Nicoletti

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My Wings

Mar

"A Sunset Wave" by Jimmy McIntyre

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Summer State of Mind

Summer

"Smile" by seyed mostafa zamani

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The Music of Life: Or, An Ode to the World

An Ode to the World

"Anhelo" by Abel Maestro Garcia

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Foiled

Untitled, by Rookuzz

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Mom

Mary

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Conform Shom-Form

On Conforming

"Unique" by Marina del Castell

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Knockout Staff Meetings

Knockout Staff Meetings

How to Take Your Staff Meetings from Mundane to..

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Mangia in Midtown

After living in SoHo for almost two decades, The Leadership Program has “moved..

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Wonder

Wonder-full

"Dylan and Erika"

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Fearless, Take Three: When Fearless Girls (and boys) Need Bravery

Fearless

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture: Kristen Visbal - Photo: Federica..

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Fearless, Take Two

Fearless

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture: Kristen Visbal - Photo: Federica..

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Fearless

Fearless

"Fearless Girl" Sculpture: Kristen Visbal - Photo: Federica..

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The Lion

The Lion

"Rain Color" by seyed mostafa zamani

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Winter or Spring?

Spring Is Coming

"Spring Will Come Again" by Beth Coll Anderson

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Galaxies

Galaxies

"Galaxy" by Joel Tonyan

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Keep The Channel Open

Keep The Channel Open

"Belly Dance" by Krisztina Konczos

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Bird By Beautiful Bird

Bird By Beautiful Bird

"Bird" by David Williss

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The Story's Not Over Until... Well, It's Over

The Story's Not Over...

"Reading A Book At The Beach" by Simon Cocks

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Finding the Extra In Your Ordinary

Find Some Extra In Your Ordinary

"Rocks- Roda de Ter," by Peaches & Cream

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Tending You

Tending You

"Last Day of Winter," by R. Crap Mariner

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Magical Leadership

Magical Leadership

"Magic," by Linus Bohman

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Legacy

A New Chapter

"Serenity," by See-Ming Lee

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Legacy

Legacy

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The Languages of Life

The Languages of Life

Photo Credit: "A Wing and a Prayer", JD Hancock,..

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Wake up, or Prepare Yourself for Life to Wake You Up!

Wake up, or Prepare Yourself for Life to Wake You Up!

Photo Credit: "Taxi",..

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Turning an Epidemic of Lonely into a Cascade of Lovely

Turning an Epidemic of Lonely into a Cascade of Lovely

Photo Credit:..

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Easy to Forget: Why the Season of Hope Is Only Hopeful If You Make It So

Easy to Forget: Why the Season of Hope Is Only Hopeful If You Make It So

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Boomerangs of Awareness

Boomerangs of Awarenes

Photo Credit: "Boomerangs", Sam Howzit,..

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Oh, Dear World

Dear World

Photo Credit: "Peace", Brian Turner,..

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Election Day: Coming Together to Move Us Forward

Election Day

Photo Credit: "United We Stand", by jeanne rené..

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Really Cool Humans: Do Something Unexpected Today

Really Cool Humans: Do Something Unexpected Today

Photo Credit:..

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Fail Big: How Embracing Failure Leads to Innovation and Growth

Fail Big: How Embracing Failure Leads to Innovation and Growth

Photo Credit:..

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7 Effective Communication Keys to Start Practicing Today!

7 Effective Communication Keys to Start Practicing Today!

Photo Credit:..

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Team Building that Lasts: Building Trust Beyond Trust Falls

Team Building that Lasts: Building Trust Beyond Trust Falls

Photo Credit:..

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You Got This: Keeping It Together Even When You Think You Can't

You Got This: Keeping It Together Even When You Think You Can't

Photo..

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Adventure Awaits: You Just Need to Grab It

Adventure Awaits: You Just Need to Grab It

"The Wonder Wheel (History)",..

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Digital Citizenship: Initiating a Values Conversation with Students

Digital Citizenship: Initiating a Values Conversation with Students

"On the..

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Hear the Whole Song: Layered Love and Mumford & Sons

Hear the Whole Song: Layered Love and Mumford & Sons

"song sparrow sings",..

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Dreams... Watching With Glittering Eyes

Dreams... Watching With Glittering Eyes

"Black Bear", David Williss,..

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We The People...We Can Be Better Than This.

We The People...We Can Be Better Than This.

"Sun coming through the flag"..

Tom Armstrong
After School and the Power of Inclusivity

After School and the Power of Inclusivity

Photo by: Hernán Piñera

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Finding Rainbows

"Rainbow" Micolo J https://www.flickr.com/photos/robin1966/

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Forever Young

My 25th high school reunion was last weekend so I have been listening to a ..

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Unraveling: Allowing Ourselves Moments of Humanity

I am in the fourth week of a five-week-in-a-row stretch of some sort of..

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Unexpected Things Will Happen

I was in Phoenix last week for a conference, and was due to depart on..

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Tradition: Memories Weaved Together by a Common Theme

Happy July! I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th holiday. 

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Drawing Parents In with Deeper Content: 20 Questions to Ask

We all want more parents to engage in our programming, but what are we doing..

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A Seussism For You-ssism

 

A Seussism, you say? Well that sounds ok! Join Erika (and Geisel) in a..

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Then and Now: My 25-year Reunion

This week, Erika uses her high school 25-year reunion to reflect on..

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Renewal

 

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Sliding In: Recognizing Your Unique Self

How aware are you of your "unique self"? It's in there, and Erika wants you..

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The Person and The Pea: How Fear Stops Us from Living

In this week's post, "The Person and the Pea: How Fear Stops Us from Living,..

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Everyday Joy

Happiness, with a capital H, can feel so elusive for so many. But what about..

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