The Dual Power of No, Thanks.

Within the multi-billion dollar self-help industry, there are countless books about mindset changes and single words. The Power of No. The Power of Now. Year of Yes. I’ve got nothing against this trend; in fact, I greatly appreciate reflection and taking a dive into how and why we (I) behave the way we (I) do…

When Communication Sabotages Creation

“We are often too busy communicating to think, create, or collaborate.”                  — Reclaiming Conversation, p. 319 Just recently, a colleague reacted to the fact that my work e-mail inbox contains 4,040 unread messages. “That would drive me nuts,” he told me. I replied that the number didn’t bother…

Busyness Is Not A Badge Of Honor

After devoting the vast majority of my writing and thinking to education-related issues and other publishing platforms in the past year or two, I’ve decided to revive the ‘Stew! Out of curiosity, I used Medium to post my latest effort.  Thanks for reading!      

Student Portraits: Honoring Diverse Learners

If you follow education or teach yourself, you’re probably aware of all the latest trends and issues. There’s the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, which is hotly debated. There are schools experimenting with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and other technology, hoping to empower students by teaching “21st Century” skills. There’s debate over…

Creating Time and Space for Just Being.

It has taken me nearly 32 years of living, but I’m finally coming to fully appreciate the importance of stillness. Just being. Doing nothing. When I start class, students are invited to participate in a mindful breathing meditation.  When I drive home from work now, the radio is turned off. I’ve even begun practicing a…

Wealth As Community, Time, and Freedom

I’ll be the first one to admit it: I value financial security and material comfort, I save for retirement, and I sometimes worry about finances. But after reading Ben Hewitt’s book Saved: How I Quit Worry About Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World, I’ve been inspired to blog.  Like Bill McKibben’s Deep…

What Do You Do Without A Screen?

I’m not sure when I realized a determination to continue to learn and do things that do not actively require a digital screen.   This desire to be present and hands-on could have been fostered at an early age; I remember putting on a plastic hard hat and hammering away on rocks, shards of stone…