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.

It's whom you're with - and an invite to spend time with spirit-magnifying people

I considered reversing the order. Putting Whom you're with at the top. But it's really the base. The foundation. Where we are, matters. What we do matters more. But research shows that it's whom we're with that matters most. Note: I tried to design this. It sucks. Can you help me design a better one? Please! I taught this to my children and students in the context of college and career choice. If you're with the right people, picking up trash can be fun. If you're with the wrong people, a trip to Disneyland can be hell. Lately, I've been thinking about it in terms of retirement. Where I live is important. I'll need to consider housing costs, health care, climate conditions (Will our house bu