Today's the day my teddy bear had a picnic

The best laid plans of mums… never go according to plan. ...more

How Years of Educational Support Have Made a Young Lady a Shining Star

With my friends blessing and permission, I would like to share briefly the story of her daughter's academic journey from the time she started nursery school to the present. ...more

Delegation - A Key Ingredient for Efficiency

"It's just easier to do it myself!" you may think at times. In the short run, yes. But in the long run, no. It does take time to teach someone else to do the task at hand. But when you do take the time, you are multiplying yourself - whether at work, at home, or in other arenas. For example, if you're the only one at work who knows how to do a certain task, you may be interrupted from doing something much more important and urgent when someone else needs this task done. To that person, it might be urgent and important, but to you it may not be. ...more

Obama's Visit to Ghana Sparks Celebrations, Unanswered Questions

At the end of a week-long tour that included meetings with Russian leaders, attending the G8 Summit and an audience with Pope Benedict, Pres. Barack Obama generated both excitement and sharp questions with an overnight stop in Ghana and a speech to that country's Parliament. While the speech did not attract the attention of his so-called speech to the Muslim world earlier this year, the importance of US policy toward Africa is difficult to overstate. ...more

Pick Ten People and Try This

Some of the people you can learn the most from and with may be completely different than you -maybe much older or younger than you are, maybe more educated or less educated, or maybe you don't speak the same language but you can learn something from everyone. Everyone. ...more

Empowering Refugees: Interview with Kjerstin Erickson of FORGE

Kjerstin Erickson is one of those "shiny" people who lights up a room. After meeting her at the Global Engagement Summer last spring, I knew I wanted to grab her for an interview before she became too famous. Erickson founded FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) in 2003 when she was a 20 year-old junior studying public policy at Stanford University. ...more

Bringing The Inside Out

If you haven't seen this before and you are curious how an intelligent, courageous and giving woman perceived her own her stroke as it was occurring, check out Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight (approx. 18 minutes)at: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html from my home blog at http://allwaysoptions.blogspot.com ...more

Global Engagment Summit: A Light of Hope in a Gray Year

Wellesley College student, Catlin Powers, is the co-founder of One Earth Designs. The organization helps Himalayan communities, "achieve their unique visions of sustainable living through science/engineering education and infrastructure development."  ...more

Nine Months

This morning, as I was helping Peanut put on her sweatshirt, she said "left hand, right hand" as she was putting them through the sleeves. I nearly fell on the floor. She really likes talking about directions. In the car she'll tell me "Mommy, turn dees way" if she wants to go somewhere (and she always knows which direction takes her to her desired destination). ...more

Thank you Denise. The feelings really do all blend together. it's tempting to pick them ...more

Imitation on the Playground: Learning & Motor Skills

By J.C. Boushh We've all heard the saying "imitation is the greatest form of flattery," and now it may also be the greatest source of learning for the brain. Consider how infants begin to acquire specific motor skills. "If you stick out your tongue to an observant infant shortly after birth, the probability is high that he or she will reciprocate the behavior" (Sylwester, 2005). This behavior, triggered by "mirror neurons" in the brain, is the beginning of a lifelong quest to understand the world around us, especially in relationship to each other…a development process that thrives on the playground.  Today's playgrounds provide incredible opportunities for children to observe and practice their highly-sophisticated gross motor skills. Many times this process of advance motor skills involves an action that takes place in the brain prior to the physical domain. "Mirror neurons make it possible for people to learn complex motor skills simply by seeing others perform them" (Hamilton, 2005). ...more
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