I think we sometimes take for granted the skill it takes to take part in good discussion. In a world inundated with technology, distractions, Pokemon Go, odd presidential campaigns, and all of the things that modern society has created to take our attention and divert it to bright screens in the palm of our hands,…

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I find no greater joy than feeling like I am trusted. It’s why marriage can be so glorious. There is another human being who trusts you enough to spend every day of their life with you. It’s why it feels really good when a friend offers to loan you their car. They are saying I…

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    In 1970, a man named Edward Packard was telling his daughters a bedtime story about a character he made up named Pete. Every night, Pete would encounter different adventures on an isolated island, and Packard would make up an adventure for Pete on the spot. But one night, Edward Packard ran out of things…

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Sir Ken Robinson once said in a TED Talk that “Teaching is creative profession.” I love that line.  Because of systems in place, as well as cultural stereotypes, and Mrs. Crabapple from The Simpsons, it is very easy to believe that teachers are just walking textbooks, or playback machines, or mindless dictators (ok, maybe I…

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