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The Right To an Empowering Education (The Stone Series, Part VIII)

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Black Elk, Sioux medicine man (1863-1950), once said, “Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.” Why do many children now require medication as daily part of their education? Why do an […]

Riding the Tides of Life (The Stone Series, Part VII)

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As a boy, I spent hours on end during the summer days body surfing and boogie boarding along the Southern California coast. No two waves were ever the same. What might I make of each one that came my way? What kind of style could I bring to the natural power that made itself temporarily […]

A Change of Wardrobe

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Have you ever noticed that many of us have a tendency to spend a fair bit of time in clothes that other people designed? Some of these clothes we wear on our bodies. Some may include slogans—on tee shirts for example. Some we wear as attitudes and beliefs. Some we wear as agreed upon possibilities […]

The Power of Shared Story

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This winter I had the opportunity to participate in a community development conference in Colquitt, Georgia. Joy Jinks and the people of Colquitt are revitalizing their town and economy through the arts. How are they doing this? Dr. Richard Owen Geer facilitated a Community Performance workshop at the conference during which a group of participants—most […]

Presence Of Mind (The Stone Series, Part V)

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I was tromping about through Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree National Monument when I stumbled upon this ancient stone one who seemed to be gazing out at the vast expanse before us both. I heard the words of Confucius in my head. “No matter where you go, there you are.” I was reminded of the […]

The Arms of Compassion

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Have you ever noticed that it is easier to feel compassion toward a child and his or her mistakes than it is to feel compassion for an adult and his or her mistakes? Why is that? Have you ever found it easier to support someone who is crying than someone who is yelling? Why might […]

December

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Here’s to the darkest month of the year on this northern hemisphere of Earth. Here’s to the cold that drives us inside together on winter nights. Here’s to the dull sun that mildly lights our days so that we can keep our eyes wide open without sunglasses as we prepare for a new year. Here’s […]

Strangers on the Road to Our More Important Destinations

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“Stranger” is a word that we use to describe the people around us whom we have yet to meet or know by name. The root of this word is another common word, “strange.” Doesn’t that seem strange in itself? Most of those people around us aren’t strange at all; they’re fellow citizens. They provide us […]

Thank You

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A few days ago I was on a dawn hike, moving at a fair clip while pondering the sequel to The User’s Guide. I passed a fellow hiker, and soon heard her yell, “how dare you!” I turned to see who she was hollering at, and noticed that she was looking back at me, still […]

The Power of Play

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Do you ever wonder how it is that children can play a single game over and over again, hour after hour, day after day? Do you ever wonder why their play is so important to them, or what influence it has in shaping the adults that they become? Do you ever consider how your play as a child may have shaped the person you are right now?