Divergent Thinking and Holistic Perspective

"Collaboration is the stuff of growth." ~ Sir Ken Robinson Anyone concerned about the future of the world should spend time considering how we educate our children. I have friends who have children in different educational programs - public schools, private schools, Montessori programs, home schools, international schools. religious schools and so on and I …

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The Antidote to Premature Aging

  A friend of mine told me that she was inspired by the example of others recently to start a new hobby. The hobby she chose, rowing, met several criteria for her as it was outdoors, involved opportunities for solitude as well as social time and provided exercise without physical exertion being the central focus. …

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Decorating Silence – The Power of Sound!

A friend sent me a fascinating link to a captivating TED talk given by Julian Treasure, chair of the Sound Agency, a firm that advises businesses on how to use sound. Just seven minutes long, the talk is sure to revitalize the way you relate to sound. Here it is: My sons never cease to …

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Making Friends

Have you ever noticed how easily children make friends? I’m always impressed by their untempered ability to walk up to another child and say “I’m Jack, do you want to play?” Young children are especially facile in this regard, perhaps because they have yet to develop complexes, self-image issues, prejudices and bad habits. I have …

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On seeking and offering advice

In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend. ~ Solon Some of the hardest things I've had to hear about myself came clothed as advice. Advice, pointers, tips and hints stream from every direction on a regular basis, if you are listening. Delivered by the mouths and pens of both friends and strangers, …

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Obedience, Respect and The Future of Humanity

There is nothing more humbling than raising a child. Children are both a reflection of you - your values, your expectations, your worldview - and a fountain of self-expression. They offer constant reminders of the need to refine your own capacity of self-expression while challenging you to grow and develop as they do. I had …

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