Category Archives: common sense

(Issue #509) Listen To Your Heart: Physically and Emotionally


When what we do does not match who we are, we suffer. Pay attention to that which brings and sustains your life. The Physical. President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February 1964 as the first American Heart Month. In part, his … Continue reading

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(Issue #479) Lessons by the Numbers


Six short video strategy lessons. This week’s blog evolved from a former student. She reminded me of a guitar metaphor I used in class to highlight six dimensions of growth and resilience. That got me thinking about videos I had … Continue reading

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(Issue #458) Reflection As A Non-Luxury Good


This week’s blog post draws on the sixth core value from Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019): Taking time to consider, ponder, remember, analyze, evaluate, and appreciate the various connections of life. It sounds logical, commonsensical, and a … Continue reading

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(#314) P2P: Building A Story


Every encounter is a story waiting to happen; a story waiting to be written. This blog has often covered the importance of relationship building. It remains a key feature of my 7Rs model for for student, workplace, and life success. … 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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(#296) Not Us. Them.


“A building is not just about itself, but the place where it resides.”-Craig Dykers Did you hear the one about the college president’s view of how to handle struggling students? Reportedly his suggestion was to “drown the bunnies.” No, that’s … Continue reading

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(#214) Check Your Baggage at the Door


Rather than living by the creed of F.O.M.O (Fear Of Missing Out), why not embrace J.O.M.O (Joy Of Missing Out)? The story goes that when Quincy Jones was producing the song “We Are the World” with some of the biggest … Continue reading

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(#210) Keeping the Hands Raised


[NOTE to my readers/followers: Today marks the beginning of my 5th year writing this weekly blog.  I have not missed a week in that time–and look forward to more great weeks and years ahead.  Thanks for all of your support! … Continue reading

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(#187) Teacher Evaluation: I’m Not A Plumber for a Good Reason (Part 2)


I am not defending poor teaching. Far from it. I don’t want the lazy or incompetent or worse in my calling. But do evaluations need to be geared to the lowest common denominator? Last week I wrote about poorly-conceived and … Continue reading

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(#143) It’s Not Rocket Science!


What examples do you have? When would you like to tell someone “Hey, it’s not rocket science!” You’ve heard the cliché It’s not rocket science! Or perhaps a variation of the same theme that states This ain’t brain surgery!  Each … Continue reading

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