When We’re Afraid and Someone Believes

By |August 27th, 2016|

Have you ever lost hope? Sometimes, as parents, when we hold our child, our hearts are haunted. Will it always be this way? It is impossible to believe.

The fears overwhelm us.  We are crawling out of the pit, hoping to see the light of day, and then we tumble back in.  It never ends, in fact, […]

The Big Question

By |June 27th, 2016|

What does it essentially mean to design and practice being a Learn Forward school or home?  It means learning is at the centre.  It means focusing on process.  It means being committed to your practice.

As the Chief Learning Officer of Willowstone Academy, I can say, my heart is broken open at the end of the year.  The […]

Love, In All Its Fullness, for Changemaking

By |May 29th, 2016|

Some experiences transcend language: a wedding day, the birth of a baby, the trip of a lifetime.  When people ask about the experience, the words sound hollow and descriptions too vague.

It is impossible to articulate the magnitude of the event because I am fundamentally changed.  My role, my identity, my future.

Therein lies the risk of […]

The Gift of Faith: Two Easy Steps

By |May 8th, 2016|

“Faith” is on the Learn Forward tree.  It is one of the five most important journeys of a child.  Yet, in many of our public forums this may feel awkward or possibly even controversial.  The word ‘faith’ may not resonate with everyone.  Even if it resonates with you, you know it may not for many others. […]

The Essentialism of Belonging

By |April 24th, 2016|

Belonging is more essential than safety.

Belonging is our lifeblood.  It is our spiritual journey and our protection from the worst of life.  ‘Community’ is on our doorposts.  It is the safety.

Belonging is one of the most important journeys of a child.

Do you believe it?  Is human connection more necessary than personal safety?  Do we need […]

Developing a Child’s Sense of Worthiness

By |April 10th, 2016|

Have you ever received a gift so profound, so meaningful, and so supportive? One where the first response is speechless?  Then you struggle for words and the next formed thought is, “I’m not worthy.”

Maybe it is the gift of someone’s time and presence.  Maybe it is a gift of wisdom or kindness.  Maybe it is […]

A Human Renaissance is Astir

By |April 3rd, 2016|

I looked up the word “renaissance” and just past the historical references from the 14th to 17th C. were these two definitions:
any similar revival in the world of art and learning


a renewal of life, vigor, interest, rebirth, revival.
What interests and invigorates you?  What gives you the courage to pursue it?

I believe there is a human renaissance astir. […]

The Courage to Rest

By |March 13th, 2016|

My most cherished things are helping children thrive, the moments you spend with me, staying focused on what matters most, authentic relationships, and our family of five.  If these are my most cherished things, it’s important to me to gather what is scattered in my own mind and renew my heart for the days ahead. […]

How Trump Signals Big Changes Ahead

By |February 21st, 2016|

My son, at 19 years old, is captivated by politics.  He primarily follows Canadian and US national politics, so based on the cycle, he cajoled us into watching the South Carolina primary coverage yesterday, including Donald Trump’s speech.

The GOP race is surprising and disturbing on some level, but that analyses is a different blog. What […]

Sparkle in the Mess

By |February 14th, 2016|

“What made you sparkle today?” was my question as we sat with our pasta bake in front of us and the crazy-hard jigsaw puzzle at the other end of the table.  “Around the table, everyone has to answer,” I declared.

Without hesitation, our 4-year-old answered, “School.”

She adores her teachers and just that day she swirled her […]