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    Ten little words could change the world

    0 As soon as my southern drawl is detected, I am usually greeted with something like, “Aren’t you from the South? Southerners are so polite.” Folks from all over the world marvel at our use of “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir”. My imagination is not large enough to consider growing up and not saying “yes, […]

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    The Missing Element

    0 In his book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson, Ph.D. tells us that we each need to find that place where the things we love to do intersect with the things we know how to do well. Robinson calls this place of intersecting talent and passion “the Element.” Each person […]

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    The cycle of learning begins with curiosity

    0 Reading an article in the July 2009 issue of Smithsonian called “Birth of a Robot”, got me thinking about human intelligence versus artificial intelligence. Nicholas Butko, one of the researchers quoted in the article, said that they wanted to program their robots with curiosity, not knowledge. Giulio Sandini, an Italian bioengineer says, “If you […]

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    The art of Conversation

    0 We were looking forward to spending the weekend with old friends and their eight and ten-year-old sons, whom we had never met. As soon as quick introductions were made the boys picked up their electronic game machines and headed toward the den. At dinner the boys made plates of food and sat at the […]

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    A calm mind aids learning

    0 Thomas Watson of IBM fame posted one word notices around IBM factories and offices. THINK read the signs. When a book about IBM and Tom Watson appeared, it was no surprise that the title was Think. Think.  That seems to be a word that we, too, could post around our homes, schools and office […]

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    Good-hearted women are mothers of the world

    0 The first time I went into Nina Clare’s kitchen a drawing near her back door surprised me because I recognized it. It was a drawing of a stylized cat on a piece of slate.   The drawing of the cat looks like one that a child of seven or eight might draw.  The cat […]

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    The power to act from real choice

    0 My husband likes to stop and indulge in an Italian dessert at our local gelato shop. On any given day there may be thirty different varieties of gelato on display. Untried flavors, such as mango/lime, are frequent. My husband usually asks to taste five or six flavors before deciding on two scoops. “How can […]

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    Do the Hokey Pokey

    0 In the gardening shop I looked up to discover a sign over my head.  “What if the Hokey Pokey is What It’s All About?”  For whatever reasons, I started to laugh. Uncontrollably.  My husband came from across the store to see what could be so funny. For weeks afterwards Mark and I had a […]

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    A Secret of Good Teaching

    0 Between the ages of birth to four-and-a-half, children are in a sensitive period for refining their senses. Children at this age are capable of learning to discern hundreds of qualities of the things around them. Perfect pitch is acquired before the age of six. Too often adults stop giving information after certain basics are […]

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    Take the Challenge to Choose Thankfulness

    0 Over ten years ago at a conference I noticed an unusual number of people wearing purple plastic wristbands.  I didn’t think much about it, imagining that the bands must be in support of a worthy cause.   When I returned home from the conference I stopped by my neighborhood bookstore.  At the checkout register […]

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    Kids Talk Teamwork

    0 Watford City’s new Rough Rider Event Center is now open and with it came the completion of a new competitive lap pool. To take full advantage of the opportunity the new facility provides for the community’s youth, a group of parents and volunteers founded the Sea Wolves, Watford City’s first swim team. The Sea […]

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