Conflict…and the Ostrich

Earlier today I was trolling Facebook for inspiration.  I know, I know, there are probably MANY better places than Facebook to find inspiration but there I just never know right?  While cat videos and recipe demonstrations don't tend to make inspire, a recent video of an emu and ostrich reacting to a "weasel ball" … Continue reading Conflict…and the Ostrich

Millennial Madness

 Yesterday during a community workshop I hosted, the challenges of working with and managing millennials came up as a specific conflict at one table.  We were exploring the idea of conflict styles and whether/how our natural styles for managing conflict were working (or not working) for the variety of people in the room and their … Continue reading Millennial Madness

I Love You the Way You Are But…

The new year provides us with a predictable, sometimes relentless opportunity to look back on one year and resolve to do something differently in the year to come.  A ridiculous number of these resolutions don't last long but for these first few weeks, we find ourselves renewed with hope and commitment.  We invent versions of … Continue reading I Love You the Way You Are But…

White Elephants, Capuchens, and Human Behavior

When you receive a gift, what do you expect?  Given the wrapping etc. most gifts are a surprise but that doesn't mean we don't have certain expectations for them. We hope for something thoughtful, useful, or beautiful.  We hope to not have to feign gratitude over something we immediately can't wait to get rid of.  … Continue reading White Elephants, Capuchens, and Human Behavior

Lifetime Benefits of Siblings

  This story on the long term benefits of siblings from science writer Robin Marantz Henig on NPR recently grabbed my attention.  Perhaps it was Thanksgiving and the recent push of additional family time, perhaps its moving back to Colorado and simply seeing my siblings more often than I used to, perhaps its watching my … Continue reading Lifetime Benefits of Siblings

How much structure do we actually need?

I met a teacher friend for lunch today and, as always, it got me to thinking a lot.  We are both in a transition phase.  My friend is retiring from a successful career as a teacher, coach, and principal while I find myself in between  careers, homes, and more.  Given these big shifts, we spent … Continue reading How much structure do we actually need?