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Deep Water Questions

My husband almost drown this past fall.  As a matter of fact a person in the water with him did lose his life. It was in his words seeming like the end.  659 more words


Privileged AF

I recently returned from 10 days in Costa Rica, and before writing about the trip itself (which I will do very soon after I’m done with this one) I want to address something that happened before we left. 1,175 more words

Social Justice

Untangling the Drama, Compassionately.

We’ve all been there. We rush into a verbal dispute between students and must actively work to understand, assess culpability and  determine the appropriate discipline or outcome.   323 more words

Active Listening

Where Are You From?

Attitudes are like accents. The pronunciation of a person’s thoughts offers clues to their state of mind.

Strong attitudes can complicate a conversation in the same way a strong accent might. 132 more words


Daily Riches: A World Without Mirrors ... Or Gravity (Rebecca Solnit, Isak Dinesen, St. Benedict, Søren Kierkegaard)

“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” Isak Dinesen

“Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.” St. Benedict

“I finally became completely silent. 435 more words


Daily Riches: Seeing Your Enemy as a Human In Distress (Susan Edmiston, Leonard Scheff, Thich Nhat Hanh and Cynthia Bourgeault)

“Action taken when I am angry is going to be irrational and probably stupid.” Susan Edmiston, and Leonard Scheff

“In dealing with the emotion that arises when we are attacked, it’s necessary to first allow space for the other person’s anger without reacting. 429 more words

Loving Well

Turn the Teacher Off!

“I used to confuse and misuse the two kinds of listening, and I bet many other teachers can relate. As a consequence, the people I cared about, who only needed me to… 1,354 more words