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The human brain is a true marvel. With its assistance, we can plan, learn, coordinate, analyze, and apply all the information we receive. At night, while we’re sleeping, our brains can cull information, deleting the non-essentials yet leaving the data we use most often and find more necessary. The brain is also given major responsibility in helping turn repeated behaviors into habits. This is wonderful when one thinks of the …

You feel lonely or left out. You want to make a change, but don’t know how to do it. You want to reach out and expand your social circle, but are worried about the comments from the people you’re typically around, and can’t begin to imagine how to get started anyway. Consider this. When you take a car trip, you know where you want to go or you follow some …

Is it just me, or does everyone try to find a “meaning” for why and how things happen? My parents both passed away on the 30th of the month; my dad in August, 2007, and my mom in December, 2011. I not only connected the number 30, but also the 7-11. (And I don’t even think I own that company’s stock!) When my dad passed, I was so sad to …

Summer vacation is behind us, school has begun, and you’re already experiencing the same negative patterns that plagued your family last year? It’s time to put a few new things in place: • Organize a home study space for each child. Make sure each area contains all supplies necessary for your children to be successful. No one needs to get up to look for pencils, rulers, or index cards when …

HOW MINDFULNESS TURNED NEGATIVITY AROUND As seen in Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-wolbe/how-mindfulness-turned-ne_b_5712687.html# I was lucky enough to lead a life without physical, substance, or mental abuse. I earned graduate degrees and was well employed. There should be no big problem to discuss, right? Wrong! An educator in a lovely marriage with, combined, five children who have produced seven grandchildren thus far, I’m still not too proud to admit that life’s challenges …

Are you ready for the new year? Brain science has lots to teach us about how to capture and hold the attention of our students. Let’s start with some basic brain science: • Classwork and homework information must pass through the amygdala before it goes one of two places. o The lower brain is reactive and the response is fight, flight or freeze (NOT the best circumstances for valuable learning). …

In July I spent one week at Plum Village in France and learned what Thich Nhat Hanh is all about. For me, living mindfully reached a new, greater level of understanding. Thich Nhat Hanh established Plum Village as a small community and it has now grown into a Buddhist monastery with over 200 residents and up to 8,000 visitors every year. People of all religions from all over the world …

“With every step I arrive at my destination” – Thich Nhat Hanh Soon I will be traveling to Plum Village for a week’s retreat at Plum Village with Thich Nhat Hanh. I don’t know what to expect, and, anyway, mindfulness tells to have no expectations; simply accept the present for what it is. So that is my mindset: Acceptance of the present, and knowing Plum Village will reveal itself to me …

Last year the kids had homework woes, stress related to last minute assignment completions, and midnight runs to the store for project supplies. Was it fun? I think not. Make good use of your more relaxed summer schedule by buying and making an “At Home Study-Space Plan” and making school preparation a priority. Materials Needed for a Home Study Area Even without knowing the list of courses in advance of …

Learning disability, difference, or experience Some say learning disability and others call it a learning difference; my son says it’s all part of the learning experience. He calls it that because the  “experience” is what makes it life changing.  Simply, a series of life lessons. We all learn differently. But the life lesson and experience is what, in his opinion, has the potential to shape you for success. Road block, …