Supporting the birth of new ideas, I write on childbirth, childhood, education and social change. Much of the blog is about my process of growing and becoming; how cultivating the inner life brings creative change. Browse the blog by category for evolving perspectives on birth, mothering, teaching and learning, and using technology for social good.
I would like to live like a river flows carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. -John O’Donohue Sitting in my inbox is an email reminding me that it is time to renew this website domain. It sits also in my mind pressing me to confront questions that have been forming during the near six months since my last post. The tagline for this blog, supporting the emergent, is the… Read More
I once had an intuitive tell me that I would not be happy unless I was living a wild life. “HELL YEAH,” I thought, even while my life was sweet and conventional, the way I’d always played it, safe. The off-ness of the comment confused people, they just couldn’t match it up with the person they saw in front of them. But it wasn’t off to me. It was right on. And… Read More
I remember the ache. I remember how it badgered me one morning at the breakfast table, the song from Sesame Street popping up in my head: Which one of these things is different? Which one of these things just doesn’t belong? homemade banana pancakes vermont maple syrup the ache a sweet family eating breakfast together It was the ache. It should not have been there. I remember feeling like a royal criminal… Read More
“If teaching is to be reformed in our time, it will not be the result of snappier teaching techniques. It will happen because we are in the midst of a far-reaching intellectual and spiritual revisioning of reality and how we know it.” Parker Palmer Parker Palmer’s To Know As We Are Known, first published in 1983, is deeply relevant today, and this quote in particular has everything to do with what we… Read More
*A version of this article was first published on Montessori Tides School website. Remember the fun we used to have as children playing and singing- Ms. Mary Mack Mack Mack All dressed in black, black, black… or Down, down baby, down by the roller coaster… We thought we were just playing. We didn’t know that we were wiring neural pathways in our brain that would make learning easier. We know now… Read More