Communications

A Dream Come True

I had a dream many years ago. I was looking up a south face, sloping hillside. I stopped to take it in. When I turned 180 degrees, I saw the sun beginning to set over cascading hills and mountains with a river at its base. And now I was literally standing on the land of

Hat of Choice (Had a Choice) How Do You Like to Learn?

There are at least three processes to place concepts/skills into long-term memory where the data explains it is never forgotten. Input Storage Retrieval Which one(s) work for you? They are not mutually exclusive. If you haven’t tried them all, it might be worth experimenting. Simulation Practice Discussion Reading Experiment Discussion Reciting Peer Teaching Lecture Exploring

UTV

UTV It’s snowing again—from gentle to purposeful. After all the snows this year, its beauty melted my hardness so I could slip into delight. For over two days, David and I focused on getting our first “farm” vehicle. We don’t need a tractor. Our needs are small. Transporting bags of soil, and moving some big

“Shit for Brains”

Everyone was sitting comfortably. He stood up.  He was a tall, strapping, good-looking redhead young man of 18. We were discussing parenting and the good and bad we experienced. Emotionally, yet under control, he stated: “When I was four, my mom told me, ‘You have shit for brains.”’  Stone silence in the classroom. He had

After Many Years, I’ve Returned Home

I bought 24 acres of Vermont woodland and built a 12X12 cabin with my mate so we could stay warm and dry for the winter. The cabin and an Ashley wood heat stove worked in tandem to accomplish my mission. One morning in the snow I discovered bear prints immediately outside the long window I

The Dodecahedron Mystery Episode 1

To David and Colin for your ceaseless belief, advice, along with your magnificent talents to make this project happen. To every wonderfully “weird” student that I was fortunate to connect with. By searching for your truth and authenticity, you challenged me to do the same!   1. Alien I’m a contrarian. I might even be

Breaking Spells for Hating School

I couldn’t count all the teens I’ve met who hated “normal” school. In class, many acted out, others were silently defiant, while others played comedian which was often a welcome relief. And with this cast of characters I was going to meet with them for an hour a day four days a week for the

Experimenting with Smiles

A few years ago I fell into an experiment. I was walking to the local library while listening to some favorite tunes. A lyric simultaneously triggered a smile in my head and on my face. Just at that moment, a woman, who was approaching, read my smile as if it was meant for her. She

Bucky Part 2: Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth

Why Humans Are So Lucky? Bucky Fuller explains in his Operating Manual For Spacship Earth All universities have been progressively organized for ever finer specialization. Society assumes that specialization is natural, inevitable, and desirable. Yet in observing a little child, we find it is interested in everything and spontaneously apprehends, comprehends, and co-ordinates an ever

Bucky Fuller, Secular Saint

During these holidays of hope, I am reminded of a secular saint: Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. Known for geodesic domes, Bucky was all about doing more with less. He showed us that there was plenty of resources for everyone to be decently clothed, fed, and sheltered. Unfortunately, we humans are so wasteful and inefficient in our