Friday, February 8th, 2008 13:02:00

Success in the Classroom; One Teachable moment at a time

Last week, I tagged along with a Leadership Atlanta group, and visited the Ron Clark Academy, a school that opened last fall in southeast Atlanta. It's named for the 2000 Disney American Teacher Award Winner and the lead figure in....

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 13:01:17

Truth and Consequences trumps “Love and Consequences”

The real story is almost as good as the fictional one but not quite. Cindi Seltzer Hoffman must have been shocked when she read "A refugee from Gangland," a February 28, 2008 profile in the New York Times™ Home and....

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Saturday, January 19th, 2008 12:53:24

Take a break and meditate

While hard work gets us ahead, there appear to be limits. It's often the times of rest and recovery that provide us with the energy we need to work hard. In today's ultra-connected worlds of Blackberrys, iPhones, e-mail and Twitter....

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 12:51:43

Straightforward and Honest rather than Deceptive and Sneaky

With two young children in the house, our family has had our share of mealtime battles. My husband and I have learned that, if we are firm about enforcing the rules, they eventually sink in; the battles become less frequent....

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Monday, January 14th, 2008 12:44:22

It’s not just how you look, it’s how you think

You already know eat better, and less, and exercise more and you'll lose weight and look better. What you may not know is that walking might help you think better. In "Be smart, exercise your heart: exercise effects on brain....

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Saturday, January 12th, 2008 12:40:30

After Mardi Gras, a time for rest, reflection and humbling

Lent began last week on February 6. It ends March 23 with the celebration of Easter. In the Christian tradition, the Lenten period is a time of fasting and prayer, preparation and reflection in anticipation of Easter, which commemorates the....

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Friday, December 28th, 2007 12:34:44

Rethinking Failure, Growth and intelligence; Let the Games Begin!

At least now when I fail I will feel a bit better. I don't know about you, but I hate failure. I have never liked failure and I have often avoided playing games to prevent failure. On the rare occasions....

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2007 12:02:06

Too Good, but True; A Sheriff enforces the law

Most of the chain e-mails I receive, I delete. Occasionally I read one that appears to be humorous or interesting. My mother sent me one titled SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN. This e-mail, while not humorous, is definitely interesting.....

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 12:32:58

Navigating the Rapids and Enjoying the Still Waters

When I was small, my family took many camping trips and spent many hours canoeing. Before our trips, we planned where the canoe would go into the river and where we would pull out. We lined up people to drop....

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Monday, December 17th, 2007 12:24:56

A Place Called Hope

The town of Hope, Arkansas, settled in 1852, became famous when Bill Clinton ended his acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic Convention with "I believe in a place called Hope." Hope's population of slightly more than 10,000, represents about three....

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