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The Science of Wellbeing

I just finished the Yale Coursera class The Science of Wellbeing. It left me with a lot of food for thought.  The class is well documented. It’s thorough and convincing and most of the contents will not surprise you. What … Continue reading

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Fail fast, fail often, don’t let your self esteem hit you in the ass on the way out

When my older daughter was in the 7th grade, she made mostly A’s with the occasional B — all but one place. She had persistent Cs and sometimes Ds in French. She’s one of those kids with no visual memory … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #8 — Gingerzilla

The city is crowded. Too crowded for her. She kicks a building and watches it crunch, its roof flying. Her toe catches a bus, it falls to its side and catches fire. Ginger treads slowly, slowly; leaving a field of … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #7

CinderGinger: CinderGinger is made to work every night at home by her evil mother and older sister. Daily she drudges, scrubbing toilets and doing the laundry, making bonbons we sit on the couch and eat with our pinkies in the … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #6

As a part of super hero practice, Ginger is providing security for well know rock star Natalie “Red” Williams after school today. She’ll be escorting her to our house on foot and patrolling the grounds until she can be safely … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #5

If you give a kid some candy, she’ll probably want to put some in her lunch box and if you let her put some in her lunchbox, she’ll probably eat it all instead of her sensible lunch when she gets … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #4

Ginger was a simple girl, who never had quite enough to eat until one day she traded her empty lunchbox for a bag of magic beans. Planting the beans led her to climb to a magical world where bags of … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #3

Today’s note to school: “Fast Ball” Hoofnagle is coming out of retirement to pitch one last game this season. In an unexpected twist, the pitcher has rejected both limousine service and the private lounge with snacks generally reserved for celebrities … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #2

Today’s exercise in hyperbole: Ginger will be walking home today because she has super-hero training in the afternoon. Now that softball is over, she’s all over learning to beat up bad guys. We still don’t have a set schedule for … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #1

I’ve written one boring email too many to the school lately. Today’s missive: Subject line: An epic journey home…. …is in Ginger’s future for this afternoon. Alone, armed with only her backpack and her two good feet, Ginger must battle … Continue reading

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