Category Archives: amplifying

(#450) Respectful Relationships


Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful, accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities. As I wrote Community as a Safe Place to Land, I had the opportunity to speak with transformational people in communities from Savannah, Georgia to Celebration, Florida.  Each … Continue reading

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(#446) What Serves As Your Fuel?


W.A.Y.D.T.G.W.Y.W? Clean out an overstuffed desk drawer or dig into the rear of the hall closet and you might say, “Darn, where did that come from?” Or, a slight smile might crease your lips, “Yeah, that brings back memories!” Last … Continue reading

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(#445) Endings. Beginnings. Beginnings. Endings.


How will the ending affect your beginning? Sunset. Moonrise. Moonset. Sunrise. December 31. January 1. High school graduation. College first-year experience. Diagnosis. Recovery. Digital detachment. Digital detachment. Relationships. Relationships. Death. Birth. Winter. Spring. Rainbow bridge. Puppy adoption. Open door. Closed … Continue reading

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(#442) Community Building: Beyond Why to How


The question, in my mind, moves beyond why we need community to how we go about building and sustaining it. While dichotomies can be simplistic, they can also help frame a conversation. When you seek a community, toward which end … Continue reading

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(#438) You May Not be the Gift in the Room


Effective collaboration rests on the ability to share the stage. In the early 1990s, the public high school where I taught created a committee called the “Shared Decision-Making Committee.”  I was tapped as its first chair.  The stated mission of … Continue reading

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(#436) Facing the Worst. Preparing for the Best.


Once the conversation started, no one was going to stop it. Two NOTES to my readers: Tomorrow, October 1, begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This week’s blog post honors the month, those with (and who have had) breast cancer, the … Continue reading

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(#435) Community Requires Respectful Communication


You better think. A few of the reviewers for my forthcoming book, Community as a Safe Place to Land, noted that a community will be hard pressed to exist without respectful communication. Respectful. Indicative of politeness or deference. Communication. Communication … Continue reading

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