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When was the last time you tried learning something completely new? Not only new, but something in an area in which you have NEVER been even moderately good, much less talented or naturally inclined. Welcome to my world. For the past three weeks I have been fighting with my computer, photography lights that I’m supposed to arrange myself, an external microphone that requires my office space be completely padded in …

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic, the Center for Mindfulness, and the mindfulness meditation guru who founded Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has made many memorable quotes, but the one that resonates the most with me is As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you. This, I believe, says it all. Or, all we really need to know, anyway. …

Balance. Thanksgiving is over and all the members of your family are ready to get back to the business at hand: jobs; school; carpools; extracurricular activities for the kids. All of the details of daily living that are sometimes overwhelming, sometimes boring, and sometimes just plain wonderful. Does it ever seem that it would all be fabulous, if only there could be more balance involved? It’s true that there is …

Tony Wagner is an educator’s educator and should be the hero of every parent whose child is going through the American education system. A former high school teacher, K – 8 principal, and university professor in education, Mr. Wagner is now an Expert in Residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab and makes it his business to speak about what kids need in order to find the greatest levels of success as …

You have school-age children and your life seems to revolve around all of their academic needs: daily homework; science project; foreign language test; English essay; social studies maps. And that’s before you even consider the schedule for after-school activities. You don’t remember this fast-paced schedule from when you were growing up, do you? Well, chances are that your schedule from days long past is very different from the one your …

  Do these lines from songs stir up any memories for you? If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. Or how about Pharrell’s Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth. Until the late 1990s, very little had actually been researched about happiness. The focus was only on the negative; what was wrong with people and how to treat their problems. Addictions, Anger, Anxiety and …

People seem to like to set goals. A popular time to set them may be in January when the new year begins; others often set goals according to the start of each new school year. Working with students, I often ask them about their goals. Serious athletes may want to excel in a sport and tell me they want to make it to the Olympics. Less serious athletes may think …

A friend needs a push in the right direction. She wants information, but doesn’t feel comfortable asking. She did, however, share her thoughts with you, and you do the asking for her. She’d love to work on that next project, but feels overshadowed by a co-worker. That’s when you speak up on her behalf, and suggest to the boss that she would be a great addition to the team. She …

So far away, yet right around the corner. It’s only July, yet that’s exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but its also a time to make plans. And those plans are what might be the determining factor for whether you’re going to have a relatively calm school year, or feel like you have to …

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky; when I told my parents I wanted to go to college in Austin, Texas, my mother, in true form, pulled out the encyclopedia and showed me the map of the United States. Susie! Do you see how many inches Austin, Texas, is away from here?! My, how times have changed! Not only did my parents survive the move away from hard-copy encyclopedias to the …