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The Big Fresh August 10, 2013 Awkward Is Good

Always choose awkwardness over resentment.                                               Brene Brown When...

The Big Fresh August 3, 2013 What We Teach

We teach people how to treat us.                                               Phil McGraw There is a man running a local coffee shop who gives me the impression he doesn’t like his business very...

The Big Fresh July 27, 2013 Growth and Choice

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.                                                             ...

The Big Fresh July 20, 2013 A Reader and Her Books

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.                                               E.P. Whipple  I have always adored books. Actual books.  The kind with pages, and hard covers, and snapshots of happy...

The Big Fresh July 13, 2013 One and Dones

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.                                                Nelson Mandela   I always struggled to connect...

The Big Fresh June 29, 2013 It Just Takes Time

Time is the longest distance between two places.                                   Tennessee Williams I recently had the good fortune of becoming a second-time mom. When other parents ask me how things are...

The Big Fresh June 22, 2013 Cues, Rewards, and Habits

Habits are at first cobwebs, and then cables.                                         Spanish Proverb I visited Shari Frost in Chicago last month, and we discussed writing projects over a meal at one of...

The Big Fresh June 15, 2013 Plans and Reality

There is nothing more satisfying than having plans.                                                                          Lalita...

The Big Fresh June 8, 2013 A Sense of Place

You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.                                                Alec Waugh Last month I visited Deb Gaby, an instructional coach in northern Indiana....

The Big Fresh June 1, 2013 Trade Secrets

If we knew each other’s secrets, what comforts we should find.                                                               John Churton Collins...

The Big Fresh May 25, 2013 Kick It In

Once you’ve committed yourself to something, pace yourself to the finish line.                                                      ...

The Big Fresh May 18, 2013 When a Phone Is Not a Phone

There was a time when nails were high-tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use...

The Big Fresh May 11, 2013 Correcting Too Soon

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.                                                    Lao Tzu Have you ever had the experience of navigating a website in front...

The Big Fresh May 4, 2013 Grandmother Clause

If you can’t explain your ideas to your grandmother in terms that she understands, you don’t know your subject well enough.                                                            Matthew Frederick My mom purchased an iPad a...

The Big Fresh April 27, 2013 Stories

To be a person is to have a story to tell.                                   Isak Dinesen I am sitting in Melissa Kolb’s preschool class next to Bree, a quiet, dark-haired girl who...

The Big Fresh April 20, 2013 Data Trouble

The world is one big data problem. There’s a bit of arrogance in that, and a bit of truth as well.                                     Andrew McAfee There I was at the YMCA...

The Big Fresh April 13, 2013 Rename It

Don’t call a spade a spade.                                                 Matt Huston Tax Day is right around the corner, and for many that three-letter word T-A-X triggers anxiety. For some it is the...

The Big Fresh April 6, 2013 Thanks

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a...

The Big Fresh March 30, 2013 Appreciation

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.                                                                                    William James I’ve often wondered why people choose the bumper stickers they do. Stickers like “My kid...

The Big Fresh March 23, 2013 Reteaching

Sometimes it is necessary To reteach a thing its loveliness . . .                                            Galway Kinnell I’m in a long line of idling cars to pick up my daughter at...

The Big Fresh March 16, 2013 Temptation and Willpower

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.                                                            Mae West Lately I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about willpower — how individuals build or lose focus and...