“We do not heal the past by dwelling there. We heal the past by living in the present.”~ Marianne Williamson.   We are addicted to technology.  Yesterday, I asked two different groups of students what something meant, and suggested that they look something up.  In both cases, a student immediately reached for their phone, not […]

“Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”~ Bob Dylan   My daughter’s 35th birthday last weekend prompted my mind to scroll through pages of memories.  Not only of her childhood, but of a watershed year, one that followed my own 35th birthday.  For a start, I managed to get […]

“In the end we will remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.  One of the tragedies of abuse is the secrets and lies.  Children who are abused are sworn to secrecy by their abusers.  They come to believe that harm will come, to them or […]

“Ring the alarm, another sound is dying…” ~ Tenor Saw  There is a delicate balance that needs to be struck between informing the public and inciting panic.  We are seeing this played out in the media as they ramp up the rhetoric about Ebola.  To the outside world the US must appear to be extremely […]

“Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”~Paul Simon I had a stark reminder recently of the importance of paying attention.  Twice.  I  pulled up at the light in the early morning twilight.  Before making a right turn on a red light, I carefully checked out the oncoming traffic to […]

“Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” ~Maurice Chevalier. There is a term used to describe people who are not mainstream, we say they choose to live an alternative lifestyle.  I have always loved that thought, never wanting to be ordinary, to be just like everyone else.  Perhaps it comes from growing […]

“Effective health care depends on self-care.  This fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.” ~ Ivan Illich.   I am a master at the art of procrastination, have practiced it ever since I was a child.  Despite the moralistic stance I take with my students when I find them guilty of the […]

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