The Mountains Are Calling: Come Nurture Courage, Compassion & Connection

The moment I drove onto Mount Desert Island in Maine, the home of Acadia National Park, my entire body tingled with the excitement of seeing and experiencing nature’s beauty and the challenge of exploring her varied terrain in hiking boots. So far this summer, I have explored three National Parks.  And I am so grateful!!!Continue reading “The Mountains Are Calling: Come Nurture Courage, Compassion & Connection”

Lovingkindness Notes – Opening Our Hearts

Posted next to my front door is a postcard I received from attending a retreat led by Sharon Salzberg. The postcard reads, “Do a simple act of kindness everyday.” I placed it here so that I have the constant reminder to choose kindness, to embody it, to live it.  As I have spent these pastContinue reading “Lovingkindness Notes – Opening Our Hearts”

Growing Kindness in Schools

“You clearly have the capacity to be kind,” my 5th grade daughter’s principal reads from his moving up ceremony speech. “Yes!” I wanted to stand up and cheer. Kindness is a capacity, a skill, that we can cultivate and strengthen through practice. Children learn early on the value of kind thinking and actions through watchingContinue reading “Growing Kindness in Schools”

Celebrating Connection: What Grannie Taught Me at Her 100th Birthday Party

Throughout history, the image of a grandmother has been one of a wise old woman who holds the family together while teaching important life lessons. At least once a month I can be heard saying, “As my grandmother says, ‘Put up or shut up.’” Yes, my grandmother taught me to either do something or simplyContinue reading “Celebrating Connection: What Grannie Taught Me at Her 100th Birthday Party”

May We Be Patient: Finding Compassion for Our Inner Sisyphus

Patience and I were enemies for most of my life.  Like many of us, I wanted things done yesterday. I wanted to achieve my goals without much effort. I wanted. I wanted. I wanted. NOW! And when “now” did not happen, I felt like a failure or was disappointed or criticized myself harshly.  Patience isContinue reading “May We Be Patient: Finding Compassion for Our Inner Sisyphus”

The Courage to Speak Up: From the “Hear Their Voices” Series

The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people. ~Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his activismContinue reading “The Courage to Speak Up: From the “Hear Their Voices” Series”

Stop the Shooting: The First in the Series “Hear Their Voices”

Hear Their Voices: Young People as Our Teachers I have been inspired by the courageous outcry of the young people marching, speaking out, and mobilizing for social change. It is the passionate voices of young people that was the impetus for beginning a career in education. I learned so much from my students and nowContinue reading “Stop the Shooting: The First in the Series “Hear Their Voices””

Fostering Caring Relationships: A Must for School Safety Reform

School safety has once again become a hot news topic. Students, teachers and parents are mobilizing to make their collective voice heard. We need change! Lets’ grow our voice! This blog entry is not about gun policy (which is significant and in need of change).  Instead, it is about relationships between students and teachers. SchoolContinue reading “Fostering Caring Relationships: A Must for School Safety Reform”