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Alcohol Anyone?

The word on the street (actually the streets are empty) is that there will be more babies born in 2021. I don’t know, I fear there may be more divorces and waiting lists at Betty Ford Clinics. We are all dealing with the unknown, and the…
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Opt Out of the Collective Anxiety

The collective anxiety of humanity has people so engrossed in the media, so hypnotized by the news of possible horrible outcomes that we are missing the present moment, which might not be so bad. The truth is, if something bad happens, we’ll…
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4 Things You CAN Do

If you listen, almost every conversation right now is about what we can’t do because of the COVID-19. Let’s pivot and focus on what we can do. Below are 4 things almost all of us can do if we have not been infected by the virus. 1.Go…
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Self-Compassion Isn't for Sissies

On Thursday I’ll be delivering a keynote at the West Chester University Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference #wcusotla . The audience will be predominantly professors from various universities. What’s impressive…
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Comfort Food for the Stressed and Weary

Everyone feels the pace escalate around this time of year. The grocery lists are longer, the money spent is greater, and the time needed to pull it all together is increased. If you’re in education, this week is typically survivor week.…
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5 Compelling Reasons to Retreat

Retreat comes from the Latin verb “to pull back”. Wouldn’t you like to pull back from the world for just a few hours in the midst of the holiday season? Here are 5 reasons to step out of your structured day to day routine and create a…
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Extreme Self-Care for Educators

For educators everywhere, the stretch between late October and Thanksgiving is akin to a survivor episode. Second only to March (read my book Practicing Presence for more on March meltdowns), this is when we are most likely to lose our sh_t.…
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Gratitude Practice

What if every Sunday you vowed to in some way reach out to one person that you’re grateful for in your life? My favorite gratitude practice in action was when Fred Rogerss accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. He modeled that we should…
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The Trouble Is …You Think You Have Time

The Trouble Is …You Think You Have Time We are all dying, every single one of us. At least our bodies are. But somehow, we spend our days like they are infinite, like this life will never end. We always think once I get done this, then…
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Failure Progress

Last week I presented a keynote in Ohio to a large group of educators- mostly administrators. I wanted to “knock it out of the park”. In the last 5 minutes of my presentation the slide deck on the power point presentation froze (as did my…