The Essentialism of Play

By |February 4th, 2019|

We are stuck in work mode!  We consider productivity, maximizing, organization, Marie Kondo-ing, and achievement all the time.  The questions swirl like, “What’s in it for me?” or “What is the ideal pathway?” incessantly.  Our rationalism, spirituality, and heritage worship work. But, maybe there is an essential role for play!

The Builder (my husband) and I […]

Children as Change-Makers

By |January 11th, 2019|

Over the holidays, I recounted the story of a family member’s journey through WWII, along with the scars of the trauma of being hungry as a child.  We discussed some leftover behaviours like having to be particular to ensure not too much potato gets carved off when peeling because we don’t want to waste.

The truth […]

The Lacework of Humanity

By |November 19th, 2018|

Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  The question of connection haunts us.  Our age of acceleration has magnetically pulled us into digital spaces, with the promise of connection, yet it never satiates.  Our quest leaves us hollow.  We spend addictive amounts of time on social media, texting, and […]

Acceleration of Mother Nature

By |September 23rd, 2018|

Mother Nature spent aeons taking care of herself, all-the-while humans and ecosystems adapting to her ebbs and flows.  Now, we are entering a new era, one where humans are the ones exerting the greater pressure.  We call this era: Anthropocene.
A New Era
This is the era of the powerful many.  The United Nations report about 9.7 billion […]

Beauty of Longings

By |April 22nd, 2018|

My colleague, Fran McGreevy of Root-Ed, recently quoted Thoreau,
“Most men live lives of quiet desperation and will go to their graves with their song still unsung.”
The quote highlights the human tragedy. And Fran ignited my consideration of ‘longing.’

What is the longing in one’s heart?  The longing that propels us?  What is the longing that calls […]

Beauty in Community

By |April 7th, 2018|

Recently, I had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Brooks, Head of Upper School at The Episcopal School of Los Angeles. Jason is a Harvard-educated, academic, who speaks multiple languages, and is deeply dedicated to the students in the halls and classrooms of ESLA.

In our first call, we exchanged ideas about diversity, community, leadership, […]

Designing for Thriving Begins with Empathy

By |January 13th, 2018|

Everyone is talking about thriving, flourishing, and positive psychology! Possibly the greatest break-through in neurology in the last generation was the idea of neuroplasticity.  The brain can change throughout our lifetimes. We can learn new things and change our way of being.  I don’t know about you, but I am deeply encouraged by this scientific […]

Design So Children Thrive

By |January 7th, 2018|

As parents and teachers, we design our homes and classrooms for thriving. We all want the best for our children. In order for children to thrive, we all must thrive. One cannot thrive at the expense of the others. This is an essential tenet for cooperation, belonging, and sustainability. So, how do we create homes and […]

The Path of a Changemaker

By |December 31st, 2017|

Our hearts are filled and abundant, except if they aren’t. I have walked both journeys. Haven’t we all? Yet, mysteriously, we all join into the spirit of changemaking at this time of year. It nourishes our hearts. It is a Learn Forward, most important journey of a child.

Over the holidays, we are listening to the hearts […]

4 Reflections from a ‘Change-Maker’

By |December 18th, 2017|

Today I received a heartfelt message of changemaking from a friend,
I wanted to share that I was sad to not join you Friday night for the Christmas party. We had committed to two other families to hit the streets of Kelowna with our Santa elves….We prepared backpacks filled with warm stuff, toiletries, food, gift cards […]