Blog postings

I write about themes of interest to me: personal development, education, addictions, technology, parenting, and creativity. If you like what you see, feel feel to leave a comment or get in touch to continue the conversation.

Creative Process Exercises

The following creative process exercises are designed to be facilitated in group or individual settings in which partner arrangements are appropriate. The exercises work best with participants who possess solid emotional containment and good communication skills. Sometimes, the exercises can be combined as a series, stretching over a couple of ...

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The University and the Myth of Decline

Myths are the most truthful stories we tell. They reach beyond fact and argument to the essence and authentic nature of who we are. Myths are the collected repositories of human wisdom. And every world mythology includes a myth of decline. This myth and its corollary — the myth of ...

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Customizing Mezzanine

Please note that these tutorials apply to an earlier version of Mezzanine (2013-14). Most of the material will still apply, but some of the files will be in different places.

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What Learners Want

Recently I spent a full day with learners talking about the kinds of learning environments and experiences that work best for them. Our group consisted of roughly 20 university learners from various disciplines and at different stages along their educational paths. With great candor and enthusiasm, the learners worked together ...

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Building a Project with Mezzanine

Please note that these tutorials apply to an earlier version of Mezzanine (2013-14). Most of the material will still apply, but some of the files will be in different places.

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First Steps with Mezzanine

Please note that these tutorials apply to an earlier version of Mezzanine (2013-14). Most of the material will still apply, but some of the files will be in different places.

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What Learning Is

Now, more than ever, educators need guiding principles to move purposefully through the turbulence of modern educational transformation. We’re losing our cherished traditions and hallowed practices. We’re adrift from our reliance on the sturdy structures that have carried us for two hundred years. Everything is in flux, and ...

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Integrative Practices for Mentorship

The essential goal of adolescent mentorship is twofold: to assist youth in completing the incomplete or fragmented nervous system imprinting from childhood, and to assist youth in expanding their range of choice of action through recognizing and broadening nervous system habits. The activities and practices listed below are designed to ...

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Technology Addictions and Adolescent Development

Technology addictions obey the same principles as substance addictions; that is to say, the addiction involves uncompleted impulses and fractured imprinting typically derived from childhood experience (this is not universally the case, but is almost universally the case). The nature of the addiction involves the way in which the addiction ...

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Parenting, Addictions, and Technology

For many parents, the cultures of technology — gaming, social media, texting — seem foreign, strange, and uninviting. At the same time, our kids have transferred much of their interpersonal developmental into the online world, where parents don't see what's happening. For the first time in the history of humanity ...

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The Role of Mentorship in Childhood

Early in their lives, from before birth to about age twelve, children pass through roughly seven stages of development. These stages have to do with themes such as belonging, trust, safety, empowerment, self-expression, and so on. Typically, some of these stages go well for the child whereas others are more ...

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The Challenges of Marijuana

Within the culture of youth there exists a belief that marijuana is harmless, or even beneficial. The argument is straightforward: if kids are using pot, instead of alcohol or cocaine, they are less likely to become violent or to pass out in the park at night in winter. Or to ...

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The Horizon: Convocation Speech for KPU

That horizon stretches out. You know the one. It lies on the far side of a vast, unknowable plain punctuated by our dreams and fears and fantasies of what might be. The horizon retreats as we tread upon that plain, as we encounter the figures and actions of our passage ...

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Twitter for Educators

Twitter is a map of the human imagination: changeable, inventive, sometimes strange, always surprising. And, like the imagination, it follows our intentions, impulses, proclivities, and whims. Twitter is much more than an online tool, much broader than the notion of a website, and much more interesting than it first seems ...

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How to Run

Our ancestors did not wear shoes. (The rates of running injury and muscle imbalance have risen in step with the use of running shoes.) The evolutionary process which led to modern humans involves barefoot running, across diverse surfaces, probably while hungry. Much is now known scientifically about the stride which ...

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