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

I’ve just returned from the Institute for Global Education Diplomacy held in Washington, D.C. March 5th-8th.  I met the most remarkable individuals who are creating positive impacts both locally and globally, whether improving the quality of education in their communities or advocating to end extreme poverty. Instead of reporting right away on the meaning of education diplomacy, and the skills and ideals behind it, today I am writing about a chance encounter… Read More

I was recently involved in an endeavor with a group of highly intelligent and professional people, and yet the modus operandi was this: kill off the people with whom you don’t agree   Violence isn’t just physical, it comes in many forms. Do you think the extremist and mass violence we see in our world has nothing to do with us? Acts of war and violence rage across the globe, and there… Read More

In a December report, UNICEF labeled 2014 as one of the worst years for children on the record.  Between war, violence and the spread of disease, Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, said, “Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such unspeakable brutality.” Watching the video, it’s hard to bear.  It is hard to fathom that this is what is in our world.  The leap from where 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

I live three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in North Florida.  Suppose one day some people decided that we were no longer allowed on the sand, unable to swim in the ocean because this land was their land, or these waters were their waters.  It would break us. It would break us, this community of sandy toed, salty haired people.  The souls of the surfers would be crushed and could never recover. … Read More

Congress is ready to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to the Apache natives, land where for centuries the Apache have gathered medicinal plants and acorns, land used for sacred ceremony and prayer. Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Terry Rambler, said the first thing he thought about “was not really today, but 50 years from now, probably after my time,… Read More