Category Archives: Civility

(#385) Don’t Let Anyone Discount Your Agenda


Your agenda is important. Your issues, trials, tribulations, strife, successes, collaborations, family, friends, and resilience mean something to you and to others. Last week I saw a Tweet that read, “Please don’t bring your agenda today. Bring your love, prayers, … Continue reading

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(#362) Small Acts of Gratitude


“Silent gratitude is not much use to anyone.” – Gertrude Stein – Saying “thank you.” Giving a cheerful “good morning!” Expressing appreciation. Providing a hug, emotionally if not physically.  Each of these requires a tiny investment of energy.  The result … Continue reading

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(#318) Bigger, Shinier, Newer Not Necessarily Better


Maybe I can help start a small movement for change in the big box. Until March of this year, I belonged to a small, unobtrusive, not fancy, neighborhood beach gym. For eighteen years. Like Cheers, everyone knew your name. A … Continue reading

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(#308) Thanks. You’re Helping!


Laurie and I remain deeply indebted to many, many friends for their positive thoughts and love. I often incorporate into my posts personal experiences and stories with broader lessons and insights.  This week’s post comes from the most personal of … Continue reading

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(#273) You Got Mail!


Is email “so yesterday”? When email was just catching on, my first semester assignment asked my students to send me an email.  Some teachers distribute index cards in class for their students to complete with information like nicknames, birthdays, career … Continue reading

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(#269) Yes And


It is interesting that we can point to others as being intransigent in their thinking while we pat ourselves on the back as possessing true critical thinking skills. Collective monologues and confirmation bias will derail any potential for a meaningful conversation. … Continue reading

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(#266) Challenging the Status Quo


We have to remember what we learned in our formative years: “Know what battles to pick.” Great advice unless you never seem to choose a battle. I was recently asked what kind of advice I would give to the new … Continue reading

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