#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!

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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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

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

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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Election Effects: Lost in Grief

I have been strangely calm since about 1:30 a.m. EST November 9. Not inclined to join a protest, yet glad to see them– especially to see our young people taking action, including my beloved daughter. Not inclined to rage on my Facebook page. Quiet on Twitter, except to retweet a few things I can’t remember today. I will join the Pantsuit Nation and send a card […]

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