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Words with Privilege

My beloved and I play Words with Friends - an online game that vaguely resembles Scrabble. Words with Friends is way looser and allows you to play words like “ut” or “thouing” - words that many dictionaries don’t recognize and certainly that you never use in casual...

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Interdependence Day

So begins the teller of tales: "Once upon a time there was a people on the edge of destruction: personally, globally and environmentally. These people lived out of relation to the Earth and each other." When the children hear this, they are wide eyed with wonder. "How...

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Words matter

I love language and I love how language is alive, dynamic and changing and I also love and hate the problems of trying to express emerging norms in outdated language. I especially hate trying to fill in check boxes or having to quickly describe someone's background!...

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The right tool for the job

I love a well-facilitated meeting. Helping people uncover their own wisdom or working with a group to help them meet their own goals – that is the sweetest! During my executive director years I experienced a lot of facilitation. The wide range of amazing...

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Bringing the sparkle

Office culture can make or break a person. It can take a committed employee and turn them into a bitter shriveled person or it can uplift a person and spur on their desire to contribute and participate. And while it is up to each of us to figure out our own response...

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Moving beyond the soundbite

Privilege. Diversity. Micro-aggressions. Intersectionality.  White supremacy. Cultural appropriation. Identity politics. Alt right. Neo con and on and on and on. It's enough to make your head swim. People (self included) throw around these left and right words left...

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Developing compassion

“The scientific study of compassion suggests that compassion may be of crucial importance for our individual physical and psychological health.” In this increasingly-polarized world, active listening and compassion may be two of the most needed tools. Listening...

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Does the world owe you something?

I love a good and respectful debate where people can share their views and really hear each other. This last week I engaged in a very long Facebook conversation with a friend of mine who has very different views from me. We kept the conversation going for awhile and...

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Listening Fearlessly

I had occasion to hear Dr. George Yancey speak on white privilege in the classroom. He has much to say on the subject of race from his unique perspective of being among the 1.1% of African-American philosophers and I can not in any way do justice to the depth and...

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