Month: November 2020

  • Vignette 21/52. 2020 Vision and “The Conceit of Hindsight.”

    “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.”― Simon Sinek, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Descartes did us all a disservice with “I think, therefore I am.” We created a whole education system treating our children as […]

  • Vignette 20/52. Challenged.

    “We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. […]

  • Vignette 19/52. How to keep cool.

    I want to post a picture of Chris hugging our friend Walter because he delivered something very special. A treasure that my husband had been steadfastly seeking for a very long time. He delivered a full-size, normal fridge. Imagine two grown men in an embrace in the middle of the night beside a massive, energy-efficient, […]

  • Vignette 18/52. Deep Breathing and Time.

    Take a deep breath. Slowly in and slowly out.Do it ten times.How do you feel? “There is a saying in the Neverland that,every time you breathe, a grown-up dies.”― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan This is what our decade of staying home together felt like. I recently published a chapter on Slow Education. In 10000 words, […]

  • Vignette 17/52. Frames and a very annoying word.

    Yesterday I wrote about my daughter’s artwork. I put it up in my bedroom with a dinky magnet. It needs a frame. A frame would elevate it from that category of child’s artwork that you put on your fridge temporarily to part of your permanent collection that you would take with you to the next […]

  • Vignette 16/52. Curves.

    “Beauty: it curves, curves are beauty. Shapely goddesses, Venus, Juno: curves the world admires.”― James Joyce, Ulysses Joey made me a piece of art for Mother’s Day in May. Due to the Covid lockdown and general lack of supplies in our area, she used brown construction paper and pastels. It’s full of curves – the mother with […]

  • Vignette 15/52. Apocalypse tuna and minimalism.

    “But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”― Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing “Mom, can I have the apocalypse tuna with a pack […]

  • Vignette 14/52 Origami Panties.

    “People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.”― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing It was 6:30am and I was sitting at my in-laws kitchen table about to enjoy my first cup of coffee and write my morning pages. Joey sauntered in and put […]

  • Vignette 13/52. Old Men and My “Why.”

    “Regardless of WHAT we do in our lives, our WHY—our driving purpose, cause or belief—never changes.”― Simon Sinek, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action “I think of old white men sitting around in togas.” “Yes me too!” “It’s all too complicated and I can’t understand it.” “And old white men […]

  • Vignette 12/52. Street Cred.

    claim (v.)c. 1300, “to call, call out; to ask or demand by virtue of right or authority,” from accented stem of Old French clamer “to call, name, describe; claim; complain; declare,” from Latin clamare “to cry out, shout, proclaim,” from PIE root *kele- (2) “to shout.”Meaning * claim (n.) a statement that something is true […]