Living in the Present Moment

We live in the age of distraction. With technology, busy and hectic schedules, and constant multitasking, it always feels like I am distracted by something. Honestly, even as I was writing this article, I was distracted countless times.
 
However, life is constantly unfolding in the present. Time doesn’t stop for anyone. So often we allow the present to slip away, allowing time to rush by unobserved without seizing the moment, often wasting precious time as we worry about the past or the future.

The Art of Cooking

On October 25, Chris Caretto wrote a Focus on Learning entitled, “The Quiet and the Subtle.” Oddly, the absence of quiet and subtle in my daily life has been deafening. Reading his list of getting back to basics was just what I needed going into this holiday season. As it is a time of feasting, I wanted to focus on his top “back-to-basics” idea—cooking together.
 
I remember sitting in my father’s classes as a young child.

The Never Ending Dinner Party—Providing Art as Experience

Perhaps you know the feeling; guests are coming and you want to create the ultimate evening, an experience they won’t forget! You set the table, careful to make everything feel casual yet choreographed with care, an array of color, texture, and possibility. The playlist creates the mood and your enthusiasm and warmth make every guest feel welcomed. The night is pungent with potential-conversation, intimate connection, and an appreciation of sensation.

Books as Bridges

Like rushing locomotives, full-speed ahead, they were leaping out of the water in ways that I had never witnessed before. I grew up swimming in and sailing across the Santa Barbara Channel, and these blue whales were playing a game of chase that both surprised and excited me. Truly, these blues were moving at speeds I didn’t think possible of the largest animal on planet Earth.

Global Framework, Global Goals

In 2015, leaders of the 193 countries that make up the United Nations came together to adopt the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If met, these 17 goals will end extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030 in a way that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The Quiet and the Subtle

I have a friend, Hugh by name, who writes regularly about birds. He ended one of his recent articles about the loss of bird habitat with the following: "In our rapidly changing world, let's hope there is a place for the quiet and the subtle."  These days, I find myself needing more of the same. Our adult work lives are hectic. Children's days are filled with schoolwork, after school commitments and activities, and family obligations. I know I am not alone in struggling to keep up with everything that needs attention and time.

Gratitude

A colleague recently shared her father’s life philosophy: Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child. I experienced a Crane moment a few days ago that mirrored this wisdom literally!

A Purpose to a Lesson

Oscar, a lab technician, records the speed of hundreds of baseballs as he hits each one with a newly-designed bat. He bends his company’s wood, aluminum, and composite bats until they break, measuring the maximum force they can sustain. His boss remarks, “To work in this industry, I recommend a strong interest in sports, along with mathematics and science.” 

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