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Finding Beauty in an Ashtray

Anything creative and pleasing to the senses can be art.
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“What is it?” asked my cabin leader, gently. We both eyed my clay creation as it emerged from the camp kiln, glazed and cooled. I was 12, so I hadn’t made a something; I’d made an anything. It had just been fun to pinch and push the clay for our hour-long arts-and-crafts period. Now came the hard part: I needed to identify my project. “Hmm…” I thought out loud. Finally, my cabin leader said confidently, “Oh, I see. It’s an ashtray.” And there it was. The … Continue reading

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Autumn: A Time for Reflection

Fall is the perfect time to reflect.
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Now that the days are growing shorter, another camping season is drawing to a close. Whether your camping sessions are finished, slowing down or on a hiatus until the winter or spring, autumn is a prime opportunity to slow down, reflect and refocus while memories and evaluations are somewhat fresh in your mind. Here are 21 contemplative questions to consider when your schedule allows a moment’s pause to go over where you’ve been in anticipation of where you’ll be going … Continue reading

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My Three Favorite Things to Do with a 3×5 Index Card

The ever-versatile Index Card. Used wisely, it can build a sense of belonging, cure homesickness, and keep you grounded. Who knew?
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This time of year, I use a lot of 3×5 index cards to prop up the legs on LCD projectors. In the past, I’ve used them to shim stair treads, prop doors open, jot to-do lists and outline articles. The humble cardstock rectangle can also serve some powerful educational functions, three of which I’d like to share with you in today’s Week-Ender. #1 The Bunk Nametag The infamous Name Game has many variations, all designed to increase familiarity among campers … Continue reading

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5 Tools to Help You Be More Productive This Fall

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Wow, it’s almost hard to believe that summer 2014 is done and gone. I’m sure by now you’ve been busy finalizing the summer that was and preparing for the fall and winter season that will be. One of the things that I find most helpful towards the end of the summer and start of the next season is to evaluate how I work. With the massive amount of online tools and the pace at which they change, there are almost always new … Continue reading

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Saving Face in a Bold-faced Lie

"I didn't do it!"
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Kids lie all the time. Grown-ups do, too, in big and small ways. Sometimes we lie to be polite, as in: “That looks fabulous!” or “This is delicious!” Perhaps protecting someone else’s feelings makes lying permissible, but lying to protect ourselves often leads to trouble. So in our work with children, how should we respond to the inevitable lying that occurs? How can we raise truthful youth? “I didn’t do it!” is probably the most common lie youngsters tell. Or, in … Continue reading

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