March 5, 2021 Having taken the Covid “shelter in place” directive literally, I finally broke free from my year-long experiment in isolation. As an “elder,” and one who was “at higher risk,” I had limited my ventures from my home and exposures to others. Food delivery, cleaning my own home, making do with imperfectly functioning … More A Small Covid Moment
Sitting alone. In my mind I am in a garden in Massachusetts, several years ago. The sun is warm, the air is heavy, and the birds pierce the quiet. I have seen the writing on the wall from the beginning. He showed us who he is, like a blinking sign in the night. I could … More When you have nothing to say…
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. “– Kate Chopin I love the ocean. The ocean pulls me in and pushes me up–and down. It resists as I move through on my own power, both challenging us and emboldening me to stay. I move, strengthening my muscles and stroke, slicing through the medium … More Jump!
“When you’re at peace with your life and in a state of tranquility, you actually send out a vibration of energy that impacts all living creatures.” Wayne Dyer There is no denying that these are tough times. Many of us feel, if not in this particular moment, that we are a bit “untethered” as we … More Teachers, you got this!
“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.” ― Loris Malaguzzi Darla Conkey Meyers is a humble genius, preferring to bring the totality of her own creativity and understanding young children to cultivate the … More Teaching from the Heart: Darla Conkey Myers and Reggio Emilia.
(Photo from National Archives) I will never forget the gaze of those human beings with such emaciated bodies. As a little girl, I saw newsreels of concentration camp victims. These were people whom I knew were connected to me in some way, although no one I knew personally was part of that horrific tragedy. Perhaps … More It’s not about politics, and it matters.
My friends amaze me. One wonderful friend has taken up the mantle of writing a Facebook post every day for a year. Each post begins with a haiku she has written, and contains a carefully chosen photo, along with her insightful reflection for the day. It’s an inspiring personal project. I hope you will check … More Stories: Our Human Connection
Deb Curtis does it again with an amazing extension of her large library of books for early childhood educators. But this book is for everyone who cares about kids and learning. That ethereal quality of a “good teacher,” the one who makes you stop to watch the relationship between her(him) and the children she(he) works … More Really Seeing Children: Best new book!!
Willems has hit on something: kids thrive on reality. … More Mo Willems and Kids
I love meditation and mindfulness practice. But this centering practice is far more practical! … More Centering…