Poem for a Sunday Morning

What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade  {Brad Aaron Modlin} Mrs. Nelson explained how to stand still and listen to the wind, how to find meaning in pumping gas, how peeling potatoes can be a form of prayer. She took questions on how not to feel lost in the dark. AfterContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

#1 – Read More Poetry

Between now and March 22, I am happy to share “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” “Poetry is language against which we have no defenses.” {David Whyte} Do you know that feeling, that feeling of something being so overwhelmingly right and clear that you have no words to describe it? That’s what poetry’s for. Do youContinue reading “#1 – Read More Poetry”

Take the path of vulnerability

I hand out an assignment to my class. There are a list of options from which to choose, one of which is “Emotional Intelligence.” Perusing the list a student raises his hand and asks, “Will you please tell me what ‘Emotional Intelligence” is? An act of vulnerability in service of learning. A friend says toContinue reading “Take the path of vulnerability”

Serious Play

“We have no empirical evidence that being more serious leads to greater insight into the human condition than being playful. There is, however, growing empirical evidence that being playful opens toward the ever-elusive, supple heart.” – John Paul Lederach There is only one thing I miss…that I truly miss…from going to work every day atContinue reading “Serious Play”

The Blessing is Outside Your Comfort Zone

The title of this post is taken from an OnBeing interview with Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!. Buying new running shoes for her second marathon she tells the salesman that she is nervous and concerned about the upcoming race. In response he says, “Yeah, the best thing for you to remember is that theContinue reading “The Blessing is Outside Your Comfort Zone”

The Leadership We Need Now

“It’s an act of rebellion to show up as someone trying to be whole.” Courtney Martin “Complexity can only be held by community.” Parker Palmer I listen to a weekly podcast called On Being whose goal is to “take up the big questions of meaning.” A recent episode featuring Courtney Martin and Parker Palmer is an important conversation about the “TheContinue reading “The Leadership We Need Now”