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.” 

The Power of Picture Books

On the first day of Peaceful Partners in First, Second, or Third Grade, one of the first questions I am asked by the students is, “Are you going to read us stories this year?” I love sharing picture books with the students as they offer a unique way

The Wisdom of Kids

Kids have an abundance of expertise, which makes them so handy to have around and so fascinating to talk to. When I have a tech issue, they are my go-to source. When I don’t understand a pop culture reference, I seek them out. When I read about new trends, I interview them for insider information.

Take the Time to Ask and Listen

If you asked my mother about me, she’d tell you that I was a very energetic child. I was curious, constantly on the go, talked a lot, and wanted to figure out how everything worked. I was her second child. As soon as my younger sister and brother were born, my mother needed to find a way to keep me busy.

Summer Reading

As the end of the year approaches, my mind turns to summer reading. I am dreaming of my personal summer reading list. Of course, it is always too long, and the books pile up on my nightstand, tempting me and reminding me that soon pleasure reading will be a big part of each day!


Beat Generation’s author and provocateur William Burroughs said, “You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal."


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