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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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10 Reasons to Give Kids 10 Seconds

Give Kids 10 Seconds
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In a recent faculty meeting, our Director of Information Technology explained some upgrades to the school’s hardware and software. “One of the benefits of this series of upgrades,” she said, “will be faster load times on the pages you use most, such as the page for entering grades and comments.” One of my colleagues shot her hand up and shared how eagerly she was anticipating these technological enhancements “because some of the load times on these pages are devastatingly slow.” … Continue reading

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Just Do Nothing

There’s a popular shoe company that has a familiar slogan suggesting we should all “Just Do It,” but it occurs to me that there are times when the opposite is best–at some points in life, it’s better to “just do nothing.” This concept first crept into my consciousness years ago during my first visit to New York City.  It was quite an eye-opening experience for a farm-boy-turned-Marine. I was there for a professional training conference. I stayed in a famous old … Continue reading

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Good Gal Without A Gun

Kind words go a long way.
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Antoinette Tuff is more effective than a SWAT team at disarming a dangerous shooter. As some of you will remember, this 33-year-old bookkeeper at an Atlanta elementary school used human connection to prevent the slaughter of innocent children, faculty and staff members. That’s powerful stuff, considering how frequently we hear that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” I recognize that sometimes deadly force is necessary to stop violence … Continue reading

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Your Way

My parents were sitting high up in the stadium seats as were my sisters.  Mom had the camera. When the ceremony was over, they came down onto the field; hugged and congratulated me.  I had graduated a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in law.  It sounded substantial – like it had meat to it, but I hadn’t a job lined up yet.  I was about to enter the market. Later, when mom had the pictures developed (yeah–we used … Continue reading

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