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Higher Education for What?

Originally posted on Valuewhatmatters:
I ended last semester with this question on my mind: “Higher education for what?” As I watched my students prepare to walk across the university stage to receive that long awaited diploma, the question provoked its way into my thoughts. Now, here again at the start of a new semester, it is demanding to be answered. Yet when I think…

Ahem, Yes! I Did Wear that Before!

Originally posted on Valuewhatmatters:
Jacket Circa 2002 – Gift from Mark I am becoming a staunch counterculturalist! I don’t know precisely when or how it started happening, but it is clear to me that if everyone is going left, then I will be the one staring longingly in the right direction with my hand raised high to ask the annoying question with a preface:…

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Teaching Our Children to Value What Matters at Christmas Time

Yes, the leaves aren’t even cold on the ground and I am already thinking of Christmas! What can I say? I love this time of year! At the same time, the Christmas season, also adds a small lump to my throat, as I think about my dad. He loved Christmas! Ah, what fond memories! Ours was not a rich community. What we had to … Read More Teaching Our Children to Value What Matters at Christmas Time

Lessons from my Father and a Summer Garden

Originally posted on Valuewhatmatters:
My father had two girls, but I don’t think anyone ever told him we were girls. While other neighborhood girls were busy painting their nails and playing dress up, we were often working as his “go-fors” on any one of his many projects, or we were cleaning the yard, putting fertilizers around the tomatoes, or helping him get his crop…

Gifts of the Incomplete

If you are anything like me, most days you are left with more things to do on your list than there is time left to do them. Being a maximizer type, those things that remain undone on my list really work my last nerve. It’s as though I am destined to be forever stuck in the twilight zone, tormented by a never ending list … Read More Gifts of the Incomplete

Tears of a Grateful and Maturing Heart

I have become too weepy in my forties. This is not a complaint–merely an observation. The truth is, I have always been somewhat of an emotional person. You know, the quintessential creative type, and all. Yet in spite of that, I do recognize an intensity in the frequency of my tears and the occasions that bring them on. And being  the analytical person that … Read More Tears of a Grateful and Maturing Heart

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Inhabiting the Thin Places

The Celtics say that heaven and earth are only three feet apart. However, in some places the distance is even smaller. A thin place is  a place where that distance is breached and we are able to get an unfiltered glimpse of God’s glory. Metaphoric or literal, what an intriguing concept!

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The Power of Story

Stories are powerful things! Stories were an important part of my first curriculum. And, “No!” I am not speaking of the Dr. Seuss or Dick and Jane kind of storybook curriculum. I am speaking of something even better. Let me explain. My sister and I spent most of our early childhood in the quiet village of Matura in Trinidad on my grandparents cocoa estate. … Read More The Power of Story

Who Me, A Leader? *

A few years ago, while visiting friends in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, I attended a Toastmasters meeting. I had heard about Toastmaster, but that was about it. However, my girlfriend was scheduled to give a speech, and she invited me along. The lead toastmaster began the session with the following quotation by John Quincy Adams for us to consider:“If your actions inspire others to … Read More Who Me, A Leader? *

Magical Words*

I am finally doing it! I am slowly jogging my way into the elite club of people who call themselves runners. For years, I convinced myself that I could not run. Touted every reason why it was not possible for me – too many years playing netball and basketball on hard concrete surfaces in Trinidad, shin splints, twisted ankles, and knee pain etc. etc…. … Read More Magical Words*

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Higher Education for What?

I ended last semester with this question on my mind: “Higher education for what?” As I watched my students prepare to walk across the university stage to receive that long awaited diploma, the question provoked its way into my thoughts. Now, here again at the start of a new semester, it is demanding to be answered. Yet when I think about it a bit, … Read More Higher Education for What?

Forty-six and Feeling Fabulous?

Initially when I thought of the title for this post, there was no question mark at the end. And in spite of my growing ambivalence about making a declarative statement, I had decided to keep the title: “Forty-six and Feeling Fabulous! Why? Because I liked the way it fell off my tongue, the cadence of it, and the verve and vivacity it suggested. “Hey, … Read More Forty-six and Feeling Fabulous?