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Leadership 2040 … and Social Media

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MoveOn elected Barak Obama to be our President in 2008.  Twitter elected Donald Trump in 2016 … and by now it’s probably a foregone conclusion that social media will be a major influence in every election from here on in.  The “secret” Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation only had about 3 million members when Hillary… Continue reading

Learning from Jennifer . . . April 2003

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As I continued my little excursion down memory lane this morning, I found the essay I submitted for the September 2003 edition of Ed Leadership. The theme of that issue was to be “Relationships,” and although I changed her name, I remembered how much a whole class of 4th and 5th graders – not to… Continue reading

A Vision Dimmed – Feb. 2, 2013

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I wrote this as a post for Meanderings while sitting in the RV in the middle of the desert near Quartzsite, Arizona.  I was working with a homeschooling family who had decided to enroll their children in an on-line charter school.  As one of their learning coaches I was able to stay connected with them… Continue reading

Reflections on Voices and Values – June 4, 1999

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  This one makes me really sad.  I wrote it in 1999 and I still remember the thoughts that were running through my mind that day like it was yesterday.  I don’t think I ever shared it with anyone except for my husband – and maybe Molly’s mother.  The reason for that is that I… Continue reading

A Poem for Olivia – Jan. 29, 2014

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I wrote this poem the day after my daughter called to tell us that she was pregnant.  On January 28, 2014 and we were in our RV at Lake Cahuilla in La Quinta, California.  The news came as a shock for many reasons, and I’m afraid that my tone on the phone was not one… Continue reading

Parenting on Purpose – March 1998

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I wrote this piece during Spring Break in 1998 just after meeting my first nephew, Tanner.  Tanner was 6 months old.  Less than a month ago, on May 27, 2016, I got to watch Tanner giving the Salutatorian address at Oakmont High School in Roseville, CA.  He’s off to Cal Tech in the fall …… Continue reading

Focus on the Children – December 1998

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Jesus says nothing about focusing on the family.  In fact, he said quite the opposite.  A quick Google search for the question “What did Jesus say about family?” led me to pages and pages of sites that try to dispel the literal interpretation of Luke 14:22-27 where He says we must “hate” our family to… Continue reading