My Kitchen Appliances Think I’m an Idiot

My kitchen appliances must have a pretty low opinion of us humans. They insist on beeping to telegraph their every action, no matter how mundane. I recently discovered how to silence my microwave. Hold the “2” button down for a few seconds. You’re welcome. Why is this a secret “hack” and not in the manual.Continue reading “My Kitchen Appliances Think I’m an Idiot”

Seeing (or not)

Monday I wrote about disconnection. Since then I’ve been thinking about disconnected and fractured relationships and in particular within families. A prominant cause of such fracturing and disconnection, and then leading to homelessness in youth in the United States is around issues of sexual and gender identity. In Northfield, the Northfield Union of Youth (alsoContinue reading “Seeing (or not)”

One(ness)

This is the week of the term when my science education students listen to a Radiolab podcast titled “From Tree to Shining Tree.” I tell them it’s utterly fascinating and they always unanimously agree after giving it the hour it takes to listen to it. It’s about how the trees in a forest are interconnected,Continue reading “One(ness)”

The Truths We Hold

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Do we? I get why the framers had to include a Creator in the first sentence. “Many philosophers and theologiansContinue reading “The Truths We Hold”

Interconnectednessness

I added the extra “ness” because understanding the interconnected nature of, well, nature is becoming increasingly crucial. Sort of like our lives depend on it. Because they do. But it isn’t just the interconnected nature of nature that matters. I’ll get to that in a minute. Try this. Close your eyes. Well, not quite yet.Continue reading “Interconnectednessness”

Living in an Unfinished World

The world is unfinished. With this in mind, as a teacher, as a leader, as a learner, how do you want to be in the world? What is the story that you will enact? To be trite, the only constant is change. Change seems to come faster and faster no doubt, and especially when thinkingContinue reading “Living in an Unfinished World”

Best Practices for Green Business Operations

Today’s blog is a guest blog written by Hazel Bridges. Ms. Bridges is the creator of Aging Wellness, a website that aims to provide health and wellness resources for aging seniors. She’s a breast cancer survivor. She challenges herself to live life to the fullest and inspire others to do so as well. When you’reContinue reading “Best Practices for Green Business Operations”

The Secret of Miracles

2021 comes to a close. 2022 is about to begin, and I keep coming back to the word “grace.” Seems we need it now more than ever, grace toward one another, reflecting back on ourselves as we forge ahead and take care of one another. Here’s a song I wrote and recorded with Sarah andContinue reading “The Secret of Miracles”

Heroification

Like many of you, I presume, I’ve been reading about, processing, and talking about the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. I’m not going to write about whether the jury got it right or not, or if the prosecutor did a good job, or if the judge was biased (well that last one is a bit hard toContinue reading “Heroification”