Author Archives: Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

About Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

Principal at the Sweetest Little School by the Sea at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor. Working to make the world a little more awesome.

THAT child

I read this blog post a couple of years ago  when it was first written.  I understood it then from a teachers’ point of view. Today it was shared with me again and I realized I have a whole new … Continue reading

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Real vs. Fake News

Tonight I’m joining with Margaret Simon and the #digilit community to consider real vs. fake news and how we can educate our children to decipher the difference.   The task is daunting.  It really is. The Oxford English Dictionary  named … Continue reading

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Celebrate: Books!

I believe there is always something to celebrate.  Today I join with Ruth Ayers and her commuity of writers who celebrate each weekend to celebrate the arrival of new books at our school.     The first boxes arrived the … Continue reading

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Reset

Caught in the rutted grooves of long traveled highways Your desire to continue Mine for change. Conflict arises Expectations and Traditions block Connection “We’ve always done _________” crowds the season “Remember how you used to _____________” shades appreciation for evolution … Continue reading

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Thankful

Anticipation Anxiety Rubber against roadway for two hundred and eleven miles miles and more miles College kids kick it on a long journey home   Try not to worry, momma Just wait. watch. Wait a little longer now.   Dusk settles … Continue reading

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This is Not a Political Post

I’m voting tonight. Voting early. Only by a week. But early still.  I’m ready. Well, at least I thought I was ready.  I began studying the issues, initiatives – there are 17 on our state’s ballot this year – a … Continue reading

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Learning in Public

I got to have a long-breakfast-lunch-time with a treasured colleague who’s become a heart friend last week. Thanks to a once in a blue moon Wednesday holiday from school, he – from the East Coast – Brooklyn – and me from … Continue reading

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