Category Archives: Thinking

United by Books

Banned Books Week is scheduled for September 26 - October 2, 2021. Although various classrooms and libraries around the country typically participate in this annual event, I encourage everyone to celebrate the freedom to read by selecting to read one of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2020. Readers will have to decide for themselves whether…
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Find the Pony: Choose Joy

Happy Holidays is a common utterance during this time of year, a wish that prompted me to consider the topic of happiness. Although I don’t typically struggle with contentment, I have certainly experienced periods of dark discontent and unhappy bitterness, and I know others who endure that struggle often. I have avoided writing about this…
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Flawed to Perfection

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the notion of flaws and how we often perceive them with negativity. Perhaps, we need to interrogate the idea of feeling flawed. Applying critical thinking to that notion and shifting our perspectives, we might consider how mistakes are simply evidence of having taken a risk and come away…
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Ripples in a Pond

Growing up, I remember frequent reminders to think before speaking; therefore, cautions like “be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear” resonate with me.  While teaching, I frequently reminded my high school students, “Just because an idea crosses your mind doesn’t mean it has to cross your lips.”  If anyone audaciously retorted, “I…
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