What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.

Balance as a Universal Value

The students of the world desperately need to study a value-based universal curriculum which would include chunks of both the spiritual and secular and, therefore, be called Orenda. It’s principle doctrine – or at least one of its primary ones – would be balance as a universal value. We continually have to make balance decisions. Too much food is bad, but so is too little. Too little sleep is unhealthy and exhausting, but too much of it is a waste of precious minutes. Too little exercise is an obvious sin, but over training leads to a host of health troubles. Although finding balance in eating, sleeping and exercising may be excruciatingly difficult to execute, each is understandable and qu

The Yin-Yang of the Seth Godin Book, TRIBES

The Seth Godin Book, Tribes, is all good. In my class, it’s a required part of my curriculum. While walking my dog, I listened to it. Twice. And his TED Talk, “The Tribes We Lead,” is a must-watch for anyone aspiring to lead anything. It gives hope to all of us who don’t have mad skills, breathtaking beauty or extraordinary wealth. Tribes teaches us to connect. Not with everyone. That’s not possible. Not with the majority. That’s not necessary. But with a core group of people who share our conviction, whatever it may be. I’m obsessed with Godin’s story about Nathan Winograd. Winograd may never know it, but he’s one of my mentors. His cause – transforming cities and their animal shelters into