I used to be a real lover of rules.  But my life offered me experiences to grow out of being a rule follower, and I think that’s because the world is changing, and I’m growing with it. Success used to depend on this model of following and applying rules.  This is no longer the case.  Technology gives us access to resources, information and connectivity.  Things are changing at a breakneck pace, and… Read More

My mom, Sharon Elliott, and I were at locally-owned, play-focused destination Bay & Bee on November 18 to present our book, A Child’s Way.  Here’s a wrap up of our exploration. One of the first things I noticed when I walked into the Bay & Bee playspace was a toddler with a wooden train boxcar in each hand.  She was talking quietly to herself and touching the magnets of the boxcars together. … Read More

You’ve cleared the space. Now what do you do while you wait for the new?

I’ve said it often and written about it many times- In childbirth, I learned that I was capable of more than my mind could wrap itself around. I had a lived experience of the new story of our time. What we know in our hearts- that the world is good and beautiful and true- is possible despite our mind’s inability to grasp it or figure out how to get there.    … Read More

My transition into 2014 spirals back to activism and to considering what creative action in the world looks like. I’ve written about creative activism before, about letting our hearts lead and changing the world from a new kind of thinking.  Today my understanding is deepening, which happens often–I think I know something and then months or years later I’m revisiting it and I’m engaged at a whole new level.  It’s a different… Read More

We think we have to have perfected technique…we think we have to be an expert before we put ourselves out there. But that’s not it… It’s about our hearts.  Can we show up present, with an open heart, ready to embark on a learning journey? More than anything it’s about a willingness to participate, to enter into a new, trusting relationship with the process. In the article,  Empathy Inside Out you can read more… Read More

“May the light of dawn anoint your eyes that you may behold what a miracle a day is.” -John O’Donohue Why do I try to make things happen according to my own timeline?  Doesn’t life have a trusted rhythm?  Doesn’t life set the pattern of evolution?    

People from all over the world gather today for the largest global meeting of the decade focusing on the health and well-being of girls of women.  The Women Deliver Conference, kicks off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and I sit at my computer in my backyard and wonder, like everyone else: what can we do to improve the condition for the girls and women of the world? It’s only when I move out… Read More

Ok so it’s been awhile.  I’ve been busy writing about public education and working hard with a team of people to open the doors of Seaside Community Charter School in August. I fear for my blogger status!  I have to admit that neglecting my blog is partially due to my undertaking of other projects, yes…AND perhaps, maybe, kind-of also because of not knowing where exactly to take this blog.  I’ve felt stuck… Read More

*Start with being. Move to doing. *Let the mind serve the heart. *Align with the divine. Be bold. *Trust Life’s timing. Use every situation. *Patience and trust. Patience and trust. *The world’s evolution depends on ours. *Accept what is. Build something new. *Think not in solutions, but evolutions. *There is nothing you must do. *Be a threshold for the creative. *Notice what breathes through your work. *Whatever you’re doing, enter it fully…. Read More