My Friend, Bob McPeek

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Bob McPeek. One might consider it a stretch to call Bob a friend, as we’ve never been in a room together. But I do. Bob lives in Florida and I in Minnesota. In the summer of 2019 Bob and I attended the last two in-personContinue reading “My Friend, Bob McPeek”

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)”

Another Reason To Say No To Spotify (and an alternative)

I stopped using Spotify over a year ago. I didn’t do it for political reasons. I did it to support artists. Art is crucial for a society, and I feel our society supports art less and less. So why’d I ditch Spotify? First, I hated it. I didn’t like that it was very difficult toContinue reading “Another Reason To Say No To Spotify (and an alternative)”

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”

Combating (unacknowledged) Totalitarianism

Yesterday I had the option on Minnesota Public Radio of listening to a story marking a year since the murder of George Floyd or a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. Then today, reading through some notes for a seemingly unrelated writing project, I saw a connection between the two when I came across thisContinue reading “Combating (unacknowledged) Totalitarianism”

When The Old Escapes Into The New

Each spring I revisit the poem “A Purification” by Wendell Berry. It’s a good reminder to let go of some things and strive for renewal. Boy howdy, does that seem appropriate this year. This year I wrote this short song which is adapted from that poem. Turned it into a secular prayer of sorts. Here’sContinue reading “When The Old Escapes Into The New”

Happy Holidays from the Goodwins

My family has been fortunate throughout 2020. All are healthy and largely unaffected financially. The rest is unpleasent and stressful but temporary. I’m especially grateful to have both of my daughters home for Christmas for a couple of weeks. While they are here we’ve recorded this version of a Woody Guthrie song, Peace Call. LinneaContinue reading “Happy Holidays from the Goodwins”