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The One Secret to Smashing Stress You Haven’t Tried

Don't let stress steal our peace.
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Did you sleep well last night? Not in cliched terms, like logs and babies, but real, restful sleep? Or did you toss and turn, unable to silence your frazzled mind long enough to let go of worry for eight short hours so you could face today fresh and rested? Stress is largely a self-created state of mind. It starts simply: the need to do ‘just a little more’ to keep up, to stay a step ahead, to finish our tasks … Continue reading

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Two Cultures, One Goal

Late one afternoon last week in my classroom, where the remnants of the day’s lesson on connotation and denotation still remained in bright turquoise marker on my whiteboard, a mom stopped in for an impromptu conference. I was happily surprised. I love meeting with the parents of the middle-schoolers in my English as a Second Language classes, but given the logistics of them needing to pre-schedule a time when our interpreter, Mr. Hassan, is free, I’m generally the one calling … Continue reading

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Real Sport Has Heart

Real Sport Has Heart.
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A new level of sportsmanship leaped onto a highly competitive platform last week. Actually, it wasn’t a platform, it was a snowy trail. And it wasn’t some abstract idea that emerged, it was Canadian cross-country racing coach, Justin Wadsworth. For nearly two decades, I’ve been touting the importance of winning with humility and losing with grace. I’ve written articles on competition, conducted staff training workshops at camps on three continents and even lectured my own children on the topic. (What’s … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Ways to Get Work Done

Start simple, start small…but start somewhere.
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Sometimes, I think the speed of life has turned us all into a bunch of clock brains. You know what I mean by clock brain, right? It’s not something anyone aspires to, that’s for sure. It looks like this: You fall into a good job. No, a job you absolutely love. A job you can’t wait to keep coming to, where your colleagues are good people and your work makes a difference. But it’s a job that doesn’t stop. There … Continue reading

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The Art of Camp

I’m not a great artist. In fact, I’m not even a good artist; at least not when it comes to the traditional forms of art such as; painting, sculpting, and the arts and crafts lanyard making. But I’ve read enough books on art to know a couple of things; great artists know that it’s about what you add AND what you take away that makes art great. Removing clutter, excess, all the superfluous elements—and finding out in the process what’s been in … Continue reading

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