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March 29, 2019 Salad Dressing and Soft Spots

Having a child is like getting a tattoo . . . on your face. You better be committed.                                                                                                Elizabeth Gilbert Last night,...

March 22, 2019 Spring Break

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.                    ...

March 15, 2019 Impossible Negotiations

Do not force people to choose between doing what is smart and doing what helps them save face.                                                   Deepak Malhotra I am fortunate to swim in two worlds professionally....

March 8, 2019 With Students in Mind

At its best, schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living.                                                                 Neil Postman My son’s Go Kit was...

March 1, 2019 Joy and Ambition

Joy is not made to be a crumb.                                                     Mary Oliver Did you happen to catch the video of gymnast Katelyn Ohashi from UCLA performing a flawless and exuberant floor...

February 22, 2019 What’s Your Catchphrase?

Love in the rain is better than hate in the sunshine.                                                    Matshona Dhliwayo There are the inevitable hard days, and we all have them. There are hard days at school...

February 15, 2019 Abandoned Canoes

As one goes through life, one learns if you don’t paddle your own canoe you don’t move.                                                     Katharine Hepburn Sometimes when my husband and I are out on the...

February 8, 2019 The Community Potato

If you’re poor, potato chips are the food of life for you. It’s the caviar.                                                                                       Sandra Cisneros Picture this. It’s the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s, but...

February 1, 2019 Pick a Lane

I was driving through western Massachusetts recently when this billboard caught my eye. Maybe you don’t think the sign is funny, but it cracked me up and broke up the...

January 25, 2019 Peach Pit

When I have to come with ideas, especially in a pinch, I need to create the conditions for creativity.                                                                              Piera Gelardi Standards, parameters, boundaries. School is all about confined...

January 18, 2019 Wins and Losses

The thing about football—the important thing about football—is that it is not just about football.                                                      Terry Pratchett There was a recent thread on social media  in which high school...

January 11, 2019 Stand Next to Me

Nine of us got together for our family girls’ weekend last fall. “Paint and Sip” is an activity all of us enjoyed, even though we range in age from teens...

January 4, 2019 Reset

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.                                                             Roy Bennett Our instructional coach was standing by my door as I came back after a round of classroom...

December 28, 2018 Celebrations

The most beautiful things are not associated with money—they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.                                                                                          Alek Wek When I left my...

November 17, 2018 Heat Maps

Gatherings that are willing to be alienating—which is different from being alienating—have a better chance to dazzle. Priya Parker In her new book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet...

The Big Fresh November 10, 2018 Just Keep Pedaling

Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.                                                                                            Albert Einstein I’m trying to get back into the rhythms of riding. Last...

The Big Fresh November 3, 2018 The Second Choice

Having a sense of security in one realm gives us the freedom to be original in another. Adam Grant What’s your dream project? The one at the top of your...

The Big Fresh October 27, 2018 Stretching

A mind that is stretched by experience can never go back to its comfortable old dimensions.                                                                      Oliver Wendell Holmes When to stretch? If you work out, you know there...

The Big Fresh October 20, 2018 Crayons

History written in pencil is easily erased, but crayon is forever.                                                                                        Emilie Autumn This fall I’m immersed in a redesign of the Choice Literacy website. One thing the designer...

The Big Fresh October 13, 2018 Raccoon

The raccoon problem is under control. They have their part of town and we have ours. Leslie Knope (in Parks and Recreation) The last thing one expects to see when...

The Big Fresh October 6, 2018 Get Under the Ball

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. Arnold Palmer This weekend we went to watch our youngest daughter’s team play in a volleyball tournament, hosted in our...