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Nualla and Monika.JPGI just read a post- what is the one thing, moment.. that you will  never forget. Do you remember any life-altering points you can look back  to, either momentous, or maybe seemingly tiny ( at the time)? I  probably have a few, but the one that came to mind is the time when I  was about 17, in boarding-school/camp. I always wanted to work with  horses, loved horses, related better to horses and animals than I ever  had to people. It was my niche, where I felt understood, accepted and  belonging. But I struggled with my parents refusal to support who I was,  and what i wanted to do with my life. My then mentor and hero,  Ehren,  whispered words that would change my life, or at least if not change it…  changed my perspective. She said, with compassion and not any sense of  goading: You don’t need your parent’s permission to do what you want  with your life.” That was a novel, and freeing, concept.


I had spent so much of my life, in pain and sadness and frustration. I  hoped every day, that my parents would wake up and see me for who I  was. NOT the champion swimmer, or the merit-scholar/ honour student. BE  like someone else, was the daily chanted mantra. Along with that, was  the echo of disappointment and rejection that reverberated through my  life. My life was the daily war of attrition between hope and despair.  Hope that the world would just stop pummeling me with expectations, and  despair that I could ever BE what that upscale preppy world of affluence  and ambition dictated as karma/destiny.


I looked the same, and as per private school- dressed the same, and  yet.. was never the same. My peers knew this intuitively- uncanny  creatures that kids are. and cruel. I was ignored, shunned, pushed away  by my “peers.” And those were the better days. In the less-lucky days, I  was called names, taunted and targeted. and to this day… ironically,  perhaps.. none of those people who made my daily life such an unceasing  misery.. even remember me.


And I am okay with that. These people shaped me. I can thank them,  for showing me with direct experience– all of the things I do NOT…  EVER,… want to be. The things that should NOT be perpetuated. I  understand, NOW.. what I have learned from animals, about what we, as  humans, all too often, are not.


All of those people, have gone on, with varying degrees of their  successes and failures. Where any of them ended up, I really do not  know. And I am fine with that. When I say that they shaped who I am, I  mean that I learn to find who I am. It took me a while, and a wandering  path, literally and metaphorically, to find the firm footing of identity  and acceptance that comes with awareness.


I don’t know that I ever tried to BE like other people. I often  floated, fleetingly, through the peripheries of social cliques- like a  foreigner, looking for the hint of native tongue- someone who spoke a  language that was comprehensive.. someone who was ” like me.”

I have found it, a few times, over the years, in varying degrees. A  few good friends, for whom I would do most anything… and have done a few  hairbrained things… with never a regret.


But through all those turbulent years of “growing up,” animals, and  horses, were my tether- to identity, to direction, to sanity, and Soul.  They taught me, more than anything else– what is important, what matters  and what is needed. We don’t need more Latte’s or designer coffee. Our  kids don’t need more after school activities and structured  conformity-inducing “enrichment.”


We all need, the compassion that animals freely offer us. The  acceptance of who we are NOW, that has nothing to do with expensive  cars, successful careers, money, affluent friends and snobbery. whether  it is a teeny furry ball of kitten-fur, or a 1500 pound horse, and all  things inbetween, They don’t WANT… anything… FROM us ( other than at  feeding time:) They become the mirrors, or our own best ( and sometimes  worst) selves.


Do we come home from a long day, too tired to see that they are HAPPY  we are there, both in this moment, and in this world. Do we push them  aside, in our hurry to race through the minutiae of expected modern  living? Or do we stop, see them, and the love that flows out of them,  overflows, radiating vital heart-energy that they GIVE to replenish the  vital-heart- energy that our lives suck from our soul?


I never got the approval of my parents, and my siblings hold little  regard for who or where I am. and for certain, my peers were never going  to ” get it.”.. But that isn’t what it’s all about. I.. got it. I know  that I followed the path that I knew was in front of me– even when I  couldn’t see it, or understand the concept of ” a path.”…


So- while we remember those who have given their lives for the things  we ” hold dear.,” and I believe we need to be politically questioning a  lot of things in this world– we need to remember the ones that have  been here all along, giving their lives in service to us. Shaping us,  sometimes silently, along the way.  The ones who have been trying to  help us each, find our own best selves. and also, those who have set us  on the path and held the space around us. Yes- many have shaped our  lives, both personally and as a country. What we do with it, who we  choose to become– and that IS a choice… what we do, moving forward… is  how we remember, and honour… those who have touched our lives, sparking  that inner flame, creating a potential that previously didn’t exist.


and as an end note– to those who gave their lives, in past and  present wars- they stood their ground for a belief in something. We owe  those people no less, than to stand firm in whatever belief we hold,  whatever line in our own inner-wars. And- we all need to ask,  collectively… for all those who gave their lives in War: do we not owe  them, the legacy of Peace? Perpetuating WAR, does no honour, to those  who laid down their lives. Maybe we need to look to the animals, and  learn those lessons of Peace, acceptance, and compassion.  Look to the  animals and the children.  what lesson is there, that they have not  forgotten– and are trying so desperately, to instill back into each of  us?


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maggie grounding.jpgI was just reading an interesting article about some of the physical benefits, or rather physiological benefits of grounding. It talked about the importance and benefits of going barefoot. Also,  I remember in my herbal training, we talked a good bit about how the feet absorb minerals from the ground and grass.  That's a pretty cool idea and absolutely makes evolutionary- biological good sense.






Another benefit to walking barefoot is also physiological.  Or perhaps anatomical?  When we walk over uneven ground, especially if we are barefoot.. we use our muscles and our bodies very differently.  Walking over uneven ground, and walking barefoot over natural ( not man-made/ paved) surfaces allows us to use more of our muscles, and stresses the feet and joints less.  I played around with this, shifting back and forth between the sidewalk, and the grass next to it.  I definitely sensed the distinction. Of course, it probably looked a bit silly, but I was pretty immersed in the changes in sensory information.  Walking over the grass also felt more relaxing, satisfying, in some way...have you tried it? You might be surprised...



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fileschoollibrary.JPGIf you are reading this, or if you have been following this thread of posts, chances are you get exactly how broken the current public education model is.  Understand that when I ask- who will fix the broken system.. I never meant.. fix the public school system.  I meant, literally- how we educate our children.  I don’t know that there is any fixing the good ship titanic of education.  It is far too entrenched, and as noted, painting a house whose foundation is rotted and sinking.  No one is looking at the basement/ foundation- and praising the pretty new colours on the walls.


My reason for writing this series– is to create the dialogue, about the importance of including the creative/ non-linear, human-spiritual–ecological aspects and connections.  Without that.. the rest of educational reform is just window dressing and fresh paint.  Here’s a question that hit me this morning:  if school is soooo great and wonderful and the system has created such an amazing learning environment… why aren’t kids thrilled to be there, happy, healthy, and fully engaged- even over-coming their external life circumstances in the drive and hunger to learn and be part of it?


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Historically, Education was a privilege.  It was also elective.  Many   parents on farms, gave their children basic instruction on reading and   writing, and arithmetic.

At what point, did education shift from a right, to an enforced obligation? who came up with that brilliant idea?

Should education be required?  What if it wasn’t?


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dreamstimefree_1033121.jpgHere’s really good question on the failed-state of Education- who can initiate that change?


I imagine that it will emerge organically, by those for whom the system has failed.


Home schooling- may be one place where change will emerge.  I think it used to be that most parents chose to home school for religious reasons ( which is their choice, and fine).  I think more and more, parents are choosing to home school for a wider range of reasons:  The quality and approach to public education, the lack of holistic approach and the watering down of curriculum- placing standardised testing and social conformity over actual learning and critical thinking.


With far greater access to information, and the innovation of new technologies- no child is lacking, for being in the home-schooled environment.  Many colleges even have their lectures available to the public via satellite tv ( I miss that about my satellite, UCTV is great)… and I believe it is also available via website.


In other words- information is flowing.  Once upon a time,  a teacher was the sole arbiter of information… much the way the Catholic Priest stood between parishioners and God/damnation.. The teacher stood between the student and the knowledge. That is simply no longer true. In fact, the kids often have far more access to the information than their teachers- being more tech-savvy than ever their teachers could hope to become.


Early colleges may be another combined solution.  While I am not a huge fan of AP classes and online-distance learning within the HS setting ( note the HS IS the problem).. I think that more kids could be accelerated more quickly than they are.  BTW- check out the book “My Ishmail.”  Very eye-opening and thought-provoking discussion of the nature of public education.


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dreamstimefree_Aapple.JPGI was just chatting about the educational system.  Someone noted that this is not anything new– the failed-state of education.  It was failed a long time ago.. yep! Absolutely! it is like people in a house that should be condemned, moving the furniture around.. thinking that will improve circumstances.. and then they serve tea and cakes:)


Nope- definitely not new.  but somehow it seems to be getting swept under the carpet a lot. Esp around the whole NCLB and testing/ competencies.  you know who the testing benefits the most…? the corporations that produce the tests!


It never ceases to amaze me, whether it is schools, or national politics etc.. how blindly people will remain loyal to the sinking ship… it is a failed system for today’s needs.  period.  The model was developed to create functional workers who would then have a job for life, on the assembly line in manufacturing.  THAT is the energetic paradigm. That economic model.  It’s DEAD! ..


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dreamstimefree_apple-book.JPGI remember when I did my masters… we had one aspect where they wanted us to explore best practices in education, visit top models and talk to the experts… I noted 2 things.. 1- I was NOT going to go look at the best model of a failed system.. instead, I went to a place where kids had succeeded beyond expectations…


and 2.. gasp and shock.. I talked to the experts.. you know.. the kids! imagine that…


Kids are far more aware and savvy than teachers and schools give them credit for- and you’d be amazed at how much they will share when they know you are actually listening and not paying lip service.


btw- the school I visited for my Masters project was Simon’s Rock in Mass. It is/ was the first early college model in the country. Students usually enroll after tenth grade, and complete their associates degree and receive a High School diploma at that same time. Note that this is an actual college, with professors teaching from some of the most prestigious universities around the country. When I asked a History Professor if she had to scale her curriculum because she was working with younger students. She noted that she did. BUT, it was scaled UP. She noted that the younger students challenged her far more than students from an ivy league school where she had taught previously. Imagine that!


Now, lest anyone think this is a cherry-picked population and that they were privileged or highly gifted learners.. they might have been.. but what follows can readily refute and prejudice against the fullest potential of younger scholars…


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dreamstimefree_1059861.jpgChronic conditions suck.  Literally and metaphorically.  They are draining, depleting and compromise the quality of Life.  Period.  Plain and simple.  I had one Andean teacher who really nailed healing 100% dead center.  Many people talk about the need to make peace with an illness, to understand why it came.  He noted that was crap ( my word/ interpretation).  His very clear and indisputable response was:  A person does not need to come to peace with an illness.  If a person has cancer…  if you remove the cancer from that person, Peace is going to come into their Heart.




As someone living with chronic Lyme.. I couldn’t agree more.   And in response to holistic energy healers… no, I was not vibrating on a frequency that attracted this to me.  At the energetic levels- there are huge cosmic flows.  And there is an absolute quantum, random nature to the universe.  Sometimes stuff… just happens.  In my own case:  I lived in CT, I went to school in Central CT.  I owned and trained hunting dogs… in Central CT. ‘nuff said.




As anyone with Lyme, or any chronic condition might know…  it is a game changer—in huger ways even than Cancer, HIV, etc which are “known” understood and recognized quantities.



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chicken coop project.jpgI have just been having several
discussions with GMC students about their feelings toward group work and
projects. Many of them have been very distressed by the group assignments
they have had to muddle through.. most complaints are regarding the lack
of full participation of other group members- granting, this is about out
of class projects, which is slightly different- but not really:)

Group and collaborative learning can be very powerful.  I think it does
require some additional "front-loading" by the professor.  It is a
different approach in curriculum development- and when done in a student
led, problem based model, can create some very powerful and lasting
learning outcomes.

One of the primary objections students at the college seem to have is--
not everyone pulls their weight in a group project.  Often, the project is
graded- and all students receive an equal grade.  Students don't feel this
is equitable, in terms of work and grading.

In the past, what I have done- that helps bring groups togeth


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I was just reading a blog response to an article on student loans.  Student loans seem to be the only debt/ loan type that cannot, EVER, be discharged.


From what I have always understood, most debts expire after a certain amount of time, if left unpaid.  don’t pay a credit card, after 7 years… I believe.. they can no longer expect payment.  However, on student loans there is NO statute of limitations.  They do not expire, ever. What does that say about the equity of type-of-debt… run up a credit card, default.  Put if off long enough, you’re off the hook.  But you can never be equally off the hook with a student loan.


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dreamstimefree_kangaroos.JPGThe discussion between synchronicity versus “confirmation bias” has  come up a lot on the discussion threads, so I opted to put together a  post that was more specifically geared to discuss them.




My comment was that.. we are essentially ALL immersed in and  surrounded by patterns.. EVERYTHING is part of patterns and/ or pattern.  It is the nature of the universe. Even chaos has a bizarre pattern of  randomness. Go figure. ..

As we become aware, of ourselves, our interests, motivations, and  fundamental essence- we begin to develop synchronicity.  The universe  lines things up for us and around us. Strange serendipitous things begin  to occur. People you think about, but haven’t seen in years- suddenly  bump into you in unexpected locations. Job offers present themselves the  day before you hear your office is downsizing… The universe becomes an  active and often humourous partner in moving you forward.



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