Monthly Archives: March 2011

Context

As the son of immigrants, I often notice how the lack of context can handicap perceptions, understanding, and success.  In addition to a new language, immigrants must learn the subtleties of a new culture without the aid of a textbook.  … Continue reading

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Positive Feedback

My family rarely offered praise.  “Good job” or “way to go” were not phrases I heard as a child.  My parents rarely responded to my good deeds with more than a “good” or a quick nod.  The underlying message was … Continue reading

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Coaching Change

Champion in sports, fired in schools? Possibly Coaching changes in basketball or football rarely result in quick turn arounds.  It is relatively rare to see a new coach come in and completely rescue a program.  Often, it takes years for … Continue reading

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What do you make?

 

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Expectations

My cousin was an RA in college.  For a number of reasons, it was a great job.  The only downside was dealing with college freshmen and their first taste of freedom from parental influences.  For many, this meant drinking, mischief, … Continue reading

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Did I ever like teaching?

I cried tonight.  The phrase above unleashed a stream from my own eyes.  There was sorrow in my heart not only for my wife, but the kids she may never teach.  A sadness gripped me when I realized this is … Continue reading

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My wife is a “follow the recipe” type of cook.  She can make foods that are either very simple or have detailed instructions on how to make them.  If left on her own for a meal, I can accurately predict … Continue reading

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