Because Embracing the Suck Just Isn’t Good Enough

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The year 2020 is not responsible for the content…

I never liked holding a particular year responsible for all the rottenness committed by humans. A year is just an innocent unit of measurement that the human race fills with deeds both good and bad while we all complete an orbit around the sun. In spite of this I was still happy to encounter some Christmas music on the radio today knowing that soon this year would be wrapping up. …


Consider the Influence of one of the Least Politically Diverse Areas in the United States

The Need For Diversity

A lack of diversity leads to a lack of innovation. A lack of diversity leads to groupthink. A lack of diversity leads to stagnation. The need for diversifying systems, organizations, living spaces, in the areas of race, ethnicity, color, culture, gender, religion is an ongoing struggle. There is no doubt that diverse organizations that embrace the influence of all cultures, genders, religions, races, and ethnicities are stronger, innovative, and more adaptable to change.

Why Political Diversity?

Where there is no political…


A Quick Start Guide to Teaching Reading Skills

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Previously on How to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader: A Quick Start Guide to Reading Conferences

Reading Conference Recap

The above link is to my Quick Start Guide to reading conferences for parents. My goal is to provide parents with easy access to proven techniques for teaching reading without educational jargon. The first article is on why and how to begin reading conferences also known as reading time with your child. Reading time is simply listening to a child read a book that is on their independent reading level and…


A Quick Start Guide to Reading Conferences

This article is the first in a series designed to help parents help their children improve their reading skills without educational jargon.

A Reading Conference is a technique used in schools to help students improve their reading skills. This technique works to support school-based or home-based education. If the parent can read the parent can teach a child to read, specific knowledge or training is not necessary.

There are three requirements:

  1. A child
  2. A book
  3. An adult

To help you think about the process here is a quick analogy. Teaching reading and teaching driving. Typically the adult teaching driving had…


When you are tired of being SMART

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Ever Heard of George T. Doran? Me neither.

SMART Goals are a business acronym used in personnel and project management. The acronym SMART was coined by George T. Doran in the 1981 issue of Management Review titled, There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives. Doran did not get into the weeds about what was the definition of a goal v. objective. He noted that it depended on the organization. He tended to use the term objective in the article. His original definition is as follows:

  • Specific — target a specific…


What are you rebelling against?

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A revolution begins with small acts of rebellion. The revolution that gave birth to the United States began with a few thrown snowballs and harsh words in Boston.

If you are reading this you probably spent much of your youth either participating in or observing acts of rebellion through images delivered by a dumb, black and white, no def, snowy, television tube attractively packaged in a plastic or metal woodgrain box.

We have lived the history so I will skip the obligatory recap of the social upheaval of the 60s and 70s. That past only…


Do you ever wonder what’s going to happen next?

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The Fourth Turning

In my readings of articles about why things are the way they are I found mentions of a book called, The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe. This book reference surfaced and resurfaced like a drowning person standing on the shoulders of anyone who got in their way. I read a few reviews of the book and did something I almost never do. I bought it.

The Fourth Turning presents a model that attempts to make some sense of the saying that history does not always repeat itself, but…


Prove or disprove the hypothesis: Will this be fun?

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Retirement is a good time to try out new things with the full knowledge that if you don’t enjoy them then quit doing them.

Experiment #1 Prove cat quantum mechanics. At our home, the question on everyone’s mind is: “Is the cat out or in?” That has been finally answered by Schrodinger’s Calico. The cat is simultaneously in and out of the house until it has been observed. Status: Solved.

Experiment #2 Write for Medium. This is a work in progress that began during the lockdown. I took an online course…


Are journaling and retirement a means to an end or an end in itself?

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There are a lot of questions and answers about what to do during retirement. Some articles are hilarious, I think some provoking and some are desperate. This missive will probably be none of the above, just some simple thoughts on what is possible. Writing is not for everyone and there is no reason to write in a journal if you do not enjoy writing. However, if you have read this far, you may consider starting or returning to journaling.

The early years

Writing in a journal has been a…


What will our grandchildren play with to get ready for Mars?

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Major Matt Mason

As a grandparent, I think of the future that my granddaughter will see. Humans are on the threshold of walking on a neighboring planet. We may have Martians among us at this moment.

In 1966 before the United States landed on the moon the Mattell toy company developed a space program lead by Major Matt Mason. The toys were based on actual designs of what would be possible in lunar exploration. Matt Mason and I had endless adventures in the family living room exploring the shag carpet that was…

The Recovering Educator

After more than 30 years in the educational industrial complex, I’m now thinking inside a bigger box.

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