Bullies come to power and rule through fear, not respect. Bystanders are weak and support bullies because they do not wish to be the next target. Bullies can be found in every branch of life & agency.
An unveiling is a time of redemption and forgiveness.
Good mothering should never be overlooked, as it is the supreme measure of a person to nurture well her own offspring. In carrying out this most important job, we get to bear and usher in good agency.
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”-- Mark Twain Mom, you are in transit to your new home. Knowing you, this place will become "yours" and you are not alone.
As sentient beings, we require high order connectivity. Without which, we cannot survive. Finding one's North Star is paramount to survival, generating new life into a once soiled existence.
We come to the yoga mat to honor what we know, but to also open up space to see what we can learn (Maria Lumholtz). As in yoga, the classroom is also a fertile environment in which to grow.
Hope humanly wrapped in one's living DNA. Our children, the living legacies of our time here on earth.
Like Sleeping Beauty, a kiss can be the conduit of a reawakening. It has the power to bring life back into a festering psyche and body, and to generate new life once again.
Today, we are huge consumers of personal data via social media. Interchange between human agency has been altered dramatically due to the online presence we all share (our digital footprints).
Life is a series of day to day happenings and on this we build the legacies of our unique journeys. Some trails are fraught with challenges while others basked in love and acceptance.
The first breath of spring is evidenced in the birth of the blooms around us. It is a time of awakening and rebirth for all mankind.
While scouting for cookie ideas, I came across a recipe on the Cricut web site. This peanut butter cookie is out of this world and easy to make.
Who says you can't find a great nosh that is low calorie and nutritious? Try these carob date balls--sustain life while pleasing your sweet tooth.
Whether our candidate won or not, there is a time for the country to come together to heal and find a common ground. Within that context, we can move out of the darkness together. This is a meditation on uniting as Americans, an offer of peace, no matter what aisle you sit in.
Winter is a great time to curl up by yourself and take a journey without ever leaving your home or for that matter, your seat. Come and travel through time to learn about Victoria Jones, her struggles, her triumphs and her wonderful language of flowers. This book by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a must...
Living in limbo is sad, like living on two different planets or in two different time zones. is it better to move on or is there something great to salvage? Love is a precarious game.
The truth will set you free. Betrayal is a crime and destroys precious trust which is the foundation of any real relationship.
Is our new reality to be fostered by this new wave of violence, rendering each of us helpless, bearing arms and changing who we are as a nation? Sadly, we mourn the innocent taken from this planet once again, this time, twenty babies. We need to respond with the promulgation of protective laws, but...
The sparrow is a tiny beauty of nature that in its innocence represents the sustainability of life and the freedom of spirit. They are formidable models for human existence and hope in a world that challenges us daily.
One of the most important roles given to us is the role of "grandparent." Grandparents have the ability to shape the lives of their grandchildren in many important ways. In particular, it is incumbent upon all grandparents to bridge and unite healthy relationships in families, ensuring that all...
Perpetrators are united in solidarity by deceit. Innocent people can be harmed if they have no one to support them or befriend them. Many believe the lies of perpetrators because as sociopaths, they know how to cajole others.
Learning must have a practical application and prepare students to enter a civilized society. Natural disasters like "Sandy," the horrific hurricane that unleashed her wrath on the northeast recently is an excellent model for learning and applying that learning to real world settings. I present to...
It's a miracle that I am here to tell the story. I have borne witness to one of Mother Nature's worst agents, a hurricane. Sandy overtook our town with forces not to be believed.
Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey (Vera Nazarian). Learning from others is a very powerful tool. And, passing sage wisdom is an eternal gift.
Your hopes, aspirations and dreams are your children. Carpe diem, seize the day. Life is not a dress rehearsal; go out and live your best life, your hopes, aspirations and dreams.
Every day is a gift. What is the dance you do with life and with yourself?
This is a course that can be used by a classroom or by an individual who is interested in furthering their understanding of this important part of history. It is my hope that people will grow in a positive way by virtue of this study.
An allegory is a story in which people, things and happenings are transformed into the symbolic. Eve Bunting's depiction of the Holocaust is a fertile way to teach young children about horrific atrocities without damaging their tender psyches .
Education,"as I view it, is a process of enabling persons to become different, to enter the multiple provinces of meaning that create perspectives on the works. ~~~Maxine Greene Learning can be a very beautiful process, but it is up to the educator to ensure that the delivery does the body of work...
Communication takes many forms. We as educators and people living in a civilized society must understand the "wordless" messages we give and receive daily. This is both a classroom lesson and one that can be used in the life school. Of paramount importance, it is a skill that will help students on...
This above all else, to thine own self be true (Shakespeare). Learning to love yourself is an important lesson.
Just yesterday in the news, we learned of an elderly woman who took a picture of a man in Central Park who was exposing himself. Little did she know that he lay in wait for her, eventually capturing his prey. We never know what our actions will attract or how they will play out in our lives....
I thank the community of hubbers for welcoming me in, taking me under their wings and for exposing me to the best writing I have ever set my eyes on. And of greater importance, for reading and supporting my work. This is a thank you to the community.
"When sorrows come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions (William Shakespeare). "Each of us longs to feel wanted on this earth and supported, but sometimes life throws us a curve and we may ask, "Who Will Cry for Me?"
Rice as a thematic unit. Learning can be both interesting and tasty.
Bullying and revenge should not be part of any human interaction. Each of us can make a difference by becoming helping witnesses.
As parents, if we've done our job well, then the members leave. Empty nests aren't really empty, for we can infuse them with new life.
We have the power to grow ourselves or to squander our talents. Be the inspiration of your own second chance.
In the hurry of our days and in our lives, we need to take the requisite time to nurture our souls and to digest our lives. Are we living the life we planned? Or, must we discard those plans in lieu of a more experiential existence and seek something bigger?
What happens to us after we have been unjustly harmed and bankrupted spiritually? How do we heal? And, are we ever whole again?
In a world where everyone is desperately trying to survive amid the backdrop of an economic crisis, bipartisan angst and global unrest, we must remember that just being the best we can be individually is our best way of being. Being unique is a beautiful thing.
Those who abuse are weak and uncaring souls who need to exact their pound of flesh. They say, it is for your own good, but clearly, it isn't.
Fathers are as critical to a child's development as mothers are. A united front is the recipe for success.
Are you as delicate as a new rose bud? Well, you are not alone. The human species like the plant kingdom are both organic and subject to the many conditions thrust upon them.
Have you been encased in a hermetically sealed cocoon for too long? What are you moving toward? Or away from? Come fly with me.
What does creativity mean to you? To me, it is the air that I breathe.
Life presents many challenges. The road has many obstacles and it is incumbent upon all of us to devise a way to survive.
Nana, you have left a palpable legacy to me. You always treated me as if I were royalty and that I could do anything. Every child should have a helping witness to testify to their strengths, help them when in need and prod them to reach for the stars. For me, that person was my Nana Lee.
Are we the embodiment of past lives? “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” ― Albert Einstein
A life revisited, constantly morphing, seeking its God given right to be free without tethering. We must become the writers of our own stories.
The pull between good and evil is a universal struggle. Come journey with me and test the limits of your boundaries.
Break down the barriers that divide us as human beings through motivational lessons. Motivation is the impetus to learn.
A rainy day meditation on life. Free will, our God given right.
We are all human and we are exposed to challenges in life. How we express these hurts is as individual as we are ourselves.
Bullying kills the human soul, rendering it trapped within the confines of figurative bars. Anyone can succumb to being a human host.
The grieving process is the same whether you lose a family member or a pet. To me, my dogs have been valued family members who have made important contributions to my life and the lives of my children. This is an ode to my pup and a welcoming of a newer member.
Self-awareness is as important in the life school as it is in the schoolhouse. It is how we feel about ourselves and relate to others in our universe. It is also an important skill if you want to be a good communicator. That is why this lesson is important in order to help train our students to...
Meditation on moving forward, embracing change, in order to become the person you are meant to be. We encounter many roads and many people on this journey. Which road will you take?
The Quilt topic is a rich way to share culture in a classroom as well as being able to thread it across the curriculum. Rich experiences yield achievement.
Each of us has traveled through many difficult moments in life, but it is what you do with these experiences that count. Will you rise above or succumb to the weight that has been placed upon your soul?
Model being a writer yourself and break down barriers that hinder students from expressing themselves. Empower them to become authentic authors!
Movement is critical to the acquisition of language and ideas. Teachers who embrace this philosophy will see greater achievement in their respective classrooms.
Poetry as music. Poetry like music is related and using this model makes it the most relevant way to teach students to write and be generative.
Getting students to write a persuasive piece couldn't be easier using this delicious model. Have students go out and have fun and then write about the experience, persuading fellow classmates to go out and do the same.
Narratives are all around us. Infusing the arts into learning helps students to become more generative both orally and in written text.
A thematic unit centered around the topic of dogs makes learning joyous and helps students learn across many disciplines. Brain based learning helps students to retain important information.