Category Archives: Life lessons

(Issue #565) Offering A Hand Or An Opinion?


At that moment they might not need to know how much I knowbut, rather, how much I care. The conclusion of a recent letter to the editor in the local paper caught my attention: “So I ask, if you see … Continue reading

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(Issue #564) Perspective


A change in perspective might help us see variety, beauty, glory, and hope. “Not quite as vibrant this morning, was it? But it is always great to see.  Never tire of it.” The observation came from a Parks and Recreation … Continue reading

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(Issue #563) Your Future Self


What do you want to say to your Future Self? In 2012 I discovered a tool to help my students challenge themselves and then hold themselves accountable for that challenge. The site: FutureMe. In short, FutureMe allows users to craft … Continue reading

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(Issue #562) Sacrificing Self For Space?


Do we have encouragement to be bigger, bolder, brighter, and better? Perhaps you have heard reports (like this one) of one COVID consequence: People looking for bigger homes. They no longer feel they can fit into their space. So they … Continue reading

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(Issue #561) Age and Wisdom: Questions For Your Consideration


Circumstances change. Does wisdom and the vessel of that wisdom change as well? Katherine Esty’s EightySomethings: A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness and  John Leland’s Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year … Continue reading

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(Issue #560) Renewal Of Vows


A reminder that it can become too easy to say, “Oh, I said that. She/He knows it.” NOTE: The annual Renewal of Vows ceremony in Savannah, Georgia will be virtual this year.  See the end of this post for a … Continue reading

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(Issue #559) Who Me? Write A Book?


Why not you? One of my previous posts encouraged readers to consider the statement, “Geez, I could write a book!” Let’s dive a little deeper and assume you really want to write that book. What I offer comes from experience … Continue reading

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(Issue #558) Curiosity As A Literacy Skill


Curiosity stimulates basic literacy skills, nurtures conversations, builds collaboration, and opens our minds to what could be. This past week, Atlantic Beach Elementary School (Florida) celebrated its annual literacy week. The principal reached out to a few people in the … Continue reading

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(Issue #557) Agree to Disagree: A Conversational Fire Extinguisher?


“We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace.” ~Amanda Gorman  As I read Tom Nichols’ The Death of Expertise, I thought back to previous posts on this blog about conversations, dialogues, and resistance bubbles. Nichols asks us to consider how we … Continue reading

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(Issue #556) Gratitude. Pride. Lessons.


A quick strategy to acknowledge thanks, achievement, and growth. All of which help with resilience. An article I read suggested an alternative to a gratitude journal: a Power Journal. It inspired me to keep my own for 30 days. Here’s … Continue reading

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