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#SOL17: Talk Less

#SOL17: Talk Less

“Talk less. Smile more….” For those of you not as obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Alexander Hamilton as I’ve been, this is the advice Aaron Burr gives Hamilton early in the play. I’m not giving anything away if I say this advice doesn’t work out so well for Burr in the end. But it is good advice for me, in this hour, on this day. Silence is a way […]

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Action Report #4: Facts Don’t Matter. Shift the Frame!

Action Report #4: Facts Don’t Matter. Shift the Frame!

The Personal, the Political The most important personal-political action I’ve taken in the past two weeks is to read George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate. Lakoff, a cognitive scientist and linguist, has spent a lifetime studying how our brains construct meaning. Lakoff argues that progressive folks keep turning to facts to argue against the swelling conservative movement and facts don’t matter. What […]

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TAKE ACTION: Hearings Begin for Cabinet Positions

TAKE ACTION: Hearings Begin for Cabinet Positions

The most important action we can take right now is to speak out against Mr. Trump’s dangerous nominees for cabinet positions. I urge, no, I beg you to make two calls. The first is to oppose Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. Basically, DeVos advocates an education system that fosters two kinds of freedom: freedom for people like her, who have inherited wealth, built a tax structure that makes that […]

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#SOL17: Can You Hear Me Now?

#SOL17: Can You Hear Me Now?

Every gym has its own culture. Here, in this northwest city where my husband and I will soon resettle, we signed up for a trial two-week gym membership near our Airbnb. My view of the gym’s culture came into focus from the seat of my stationary bike. Sometimes it seems like a young city. Portland, I mean. Maybe it’s that our daughter lives here and we’ve come […]

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#SOL16: Dogs in the TSA Line

#SOL16: Dogs in the TSA Line

I love when little dogs and their people stand behind me in the TSA line. Especially when their person is holding them. This morning it was Hudson, a sweet mix of poodle and Australian something-or-other. Her little nose was light pink and freckled and she wriggled all over when I rubbed behind her ears. It’s simpler to think about little dogs before this flight. Not […]

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Post-election Action Report #3 : Got Hope?

Post-election Action Report #3 : Got Hope?

As January 20 looms, I feel increasingly grim. I believe, I know individual action makes change possible. I just don’t have much hope that there’s going to be an outcome I feel good about. But when the pall of grimness sets in, it’s important to wade in, get to know exactly what’s generating the bleak fog. This week, I know part of the grimness is due […]

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How The Interwebz Helped Bring Donald Trump To Power

How The Interwebz Helped Bring Donald Trump To Power

Go with me here. This is no typical political analysis. Rather, it’s a journey through some of the deep– and invisible– changes in society triggered, in part, by the development of communications technologies. Specifically, the internet. And, while it appears to be about Donald Trump, I believe it goes a long way toward explaining educator resistance to bringing technologies– and the related dispositions– into the […]

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Post-election Action Report #2

Post-election Action Report #2

Say you’ve decided to stand up for what you believe on a regular basis. How’s it going? Me, I’m finding that it is very easy for my good intentions to slide right down the road to the Dark Place. The frightening news just keeps rolling out. I joked last week that the only way I watch the news now is at the gym. There, the TVs […]

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CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO: S L O W Chat Observations

CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO:  S L O W  Chat Observations

CLMOOC’s official make-a-thon may have come to a close after the summer, but connections have stayed alive in the G+ and Facebook communities. An now there’s the CLMOOC Popup. As one of CLMOOC noble (and somewhat anonymous) instigators leaders writes, “The notion of Pop-Up Make Cycles is that they pop up suddenly, do their thing (and invite you to do your thing, so we can […]

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