(Issue #522) Reflecting. Learning. Appreciating.

And just like that, 2010 flew by. And so did 2011, 2012…2019….

On May 31, 2010, I ventured into the blogosphere. At that time, I had three goals:

  • Experience a new(for me) aspect of social media (remember, it was 2010)
  • Develop and flesh out new ideas
  • Provide something of value—not just another cyber rant.

Ten years of weekly blogging later, it has been a permanent part of my life. Regardless of “situations,” the posts have appeared every Sunday since that first offering in 2010.

While most of my context has involved the learning and teaching dynamic, each post has addressed the theme of growth and resilience. Positive and uplifting thought provokers. At least that has been my goal.

As I looked back through a few of those posts, I noted weak signals for what was to come. Or, I should say, what has arrived.  Take my first post (Issue #1. “Social Media: Know When and How to Use It.” Inspired by a program I had co-facilitated in Austin, Texas, I smile now reading two of the points I made then:

*People are interested in SKYPE. The ability to video conference (two people) computer to computer for FREE and with good quality is attractive.  Audio conferencing with more than twenty people at a time is also available. One participant yesterday was excited about the prospect of using this technology to connect with students on various campuses.

 **Social media is not a fad. It is not going away.  We should do what we can to help shape the discussion about appropriate uses of the technology for teaching and learning.  This is important for the classroom and the boardroom.

Like so many weak signals, the observations seem obvious now.

Issue #400 (“Do We Live in as Post-Fact World”) asked the readers to

…remember the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it make a sound?”

Have we evolved/devolved to a time when the question to ponder has become, “If a fact is offered and no one ‘likes’ it, is it a fact?”  How do we combat this? Can we combat this? How do we train and coach teachers to do this so their students live in a truth-based world?


As I move into the 11th year of The Growth and Resilience Network® Blog, I ask that we all take a moment and contemplate milestones and what they have meant to our lives—and what they will mean. Here is what I wrote in Issue #100 (“Milestones: Endpoints or Checkpoints”):

For me, milestones remind me of the possibilities in life.  They ARE those markers (like mile markers on the highway) that guide us.  They are something to shoot for. But they are not the end of the journey.  Key West may appear to be the end with mile marker “0”.  All that means is that we can adjust course and head east…or hop on a boat and continue west to Ft. Jefferson.  Mile markers mark the progress along the journey.  They are not the end of the line.

Where is your next mile marker…and the next…and the next…?

Thank you for reading, commenting on, and sharing my blog posts over the years. I appreciate your company on the journey. On to the next mile marker…and the next…and the next.

Video Recommendation for the Week

One quick look at the year 2010 and some of its milestones.  As the video shares: “and just like that, 2010 flew by.”

And so did 2011, 2012…2019….

Appreciate every moment.

Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.

My new book has been released.
eBook ($2.99) Paperback ($9.99). Click here.

Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit.

Well, actually, my dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story.
Click here for more information about the book.

In the meantime, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • My book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
  • Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I conducted (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network®.

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2020. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®


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4 Responses to (Issue #522) Reflecting. Learning. Appreciating.

  1. marianbeaman says:

    Steve, I like how you observe milestones and “annunciations” too!

    Like you, I have blogged constantly sine 2013, missing the odd week or two when three close relatives died. Like you, I have passed the 500th post mark.

    During the pandemic, ZOOM has connected me to my Pilates gang, my writers’ club, and my pre-school people at church. Cliff learned FinalCut Pro well enough to create a book trailer for me, which you can see on my blog next Wednesday. Yay!

    Here’s to the faithful and true, like you. 🙂

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  2. Marian, do you remember when the FCCJ (back in the day) experimented with (I forget the actual name) inter-campus TV teaching? I taught a class on the DNT Campus; had face-to-face students in the room with me. And a camera hanging from the ceiling which broadcast us to the Deerwood Campus where sat another group of students. At the time, revolutionary. 🙂


  3. marianbeaman says:

    Your description sounds like a neat accommodation to the the Deerwood students. I don’t remember that, but I do remember teaching an online class, twice I think. My opinion: Nothing can replace face-to-face encounters.


  4. Pingback: (Issue #553) A Blogger’s Retrospective for 2020 | The Growth and Resilience Network®

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