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How We Teach our Children to Scream

   “Is that normal?” Jed asked, his face was a mixture of horror and concern as he watched a little boy scream his way out of the park. I smiled.  I think it was a saddened smile of understanding.  I … Continue reading

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S and S for the Kids and Other Voiceless Citizens

Here’s the story:  Several years ago, I visited my daughter in Japan, who was teaching in the JET program.  It was a wonderful visit due to all the people who I was able to find a connection to, even if … Continue reading

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Trudges and ZINGS

Trudge, Trudge, Trudge, . . . ZING . . . Trudge, Trudge, Trudge. For Sesame Street lovers, this may be a “blast from the past.”  Do you remember watching Sesame Street where the fuzzy caterpillar (as I remember it) slowly … Continue reading

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When A Child is Marooned to the Desk in the Hallway

From a purely layman’s observant research, I think the months of October and February are the most difficult for kids who struggle with attention skills, social skills, and rigors of classroom expectation. By six weeks in school, classrooms have settled … Continue reading

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8 (Quaker) Steps to Succeeding in a Difficult Conversation

Dear Friends, We attended our Quarterly Meeting this past weekend.  The theme this year was “Difficult Quaker Conversations.”  I’m not sure I learned any new ways to try to have a dialogue with someone who is offering a different view … Continue reading

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Early Steps Into Being Fully Human

It was a community affair.  Folks brought their card tables and saw horses and canopies and had a craft-art-get involved-political-feel-good FAIR.  Every age group was represented with folks of non-color with folks of color.  Folks who have no memory of … Continue reading

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How important are Expectations?

A friend of mine told me, “I never get my hopes up about vacations.  You get ready to go, you go and then you come home.  Puff, all gone.”  He looked a little sad, or maybe wistful, and added, “Why … Continue reading

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