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“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”  – Dr. Steve Maraboli Acceptance.  We crave it. We thrive in environments that are accepting.  How consistently do we give ourselves the gift of acceptance?  Do we accept others? In a culture that embraces acceptance, there is greater trust, kindness, forgiveness, and...
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“The most important learning is the ability to accept and expect mistakes.”  – Fred Rogers Roycemore School recently partnered with Rotary International, Northwestern University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy to show the film Won’t You Be My Neighbor to the Evanston community.  This was the second time I...
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In an interview with psychiatrist and author, Ian McGilchrist, on the podcast The Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam talks with McGilchrist about why the brain is divided in half and some of the age-old questions related to the left brain versus the right brain.  In the interview, Gilchrist talks about “betweenness,” in reference to music: “A...
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It’s a guilty pleasure of mine.  I don’t watch much television, but I do like to watch America’s Got Talent, when it works out in my schedule.  I love seeing individuals reaching their full potential and stretching the limits of what’s possible. Whether it is AGT or Roycemore’s variety show, it gives me goosebumps when I...
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“Hoping all your consequences are happy ones.”  –Bob Barker One of the very early game shows to be televised was called Truth or Consequences.  It actually first aired on radio from 1940-1957, then ran on television from 1950-1988.  The game show involved asking the contestant a question (the truth) and if they could not answer...
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I was recently speaking with several other Heads of School of Chicago area schools at an annual conference specifically for Heads.  We were discussing the challenges that we are all facing related to the increasing use of technology by our students and the impact that, for example, the ubiquitous nature of cell phones has had...
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This goes without saying but, it’s COLD!  And I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold.  Still, the predicted negative 12 degrees F for a high one day in the week ahead is truly cold!  I went for a walk over the weekend to check out the ice formations along...
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“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde Nearly two years ago I had the opportunity to help plan and attend an international conference at the Vatican on the global water crisis as a volunteer with the non-profit organization, Circle of Blue.  Iwas working as a volunteer to engage the educational...
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I’ll admit it.  I am just a “tad” bit competitive.  Blame it on being the second child, or our penchant for playing board games as a kid, or growing up in Ohio State Buckeye country.  Could be a combination of all of these things or something else, but there you have it. That being said,...
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I have always had an appreciation for the outdoors. My Dad used to take my brother and me camping and hiking when we were kids. He grew up on a farm in southeastern Ohio and spent a lot of time outdoors. Even though I grew up in the city, he wanted me to experience some...
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