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While it seems bad these days just consider Chicago in the 1890s - history and humor

Note that this journalist put the spotlight on the injustices of his day not by whining, blaming, and complaining but by using fiction is a clever way.
Note that the issues of his day are like those of our day. Yet they are better in many ways. 
I came on this by searching for the origin of the saying that is attributed to him --- 
Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
That is the motto of many journalism schools. It can…
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Added by John S. Oliver on August 6, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

Progress Not Perfection

Writing this has been therapeutic for me and I hope it helps you.

 

I did not make specific prayer requests here but many are implied.

 

INTRODUCTION

There are many sayings in the 12 step community that have helped me over the years.

The saying that has helped me recently is this, progress and not perfection.

 

I feel disappointed inside that there is so much I want to do yet it…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 16, 2018 at 6:31 — No Comments

Tea Made Me Think



Just now I am brewing tea for kombucha tea.

As I looked at those dry tea leaves I considered what it took to get that product to me.

How many people and processes were involved?

The packaging took talented and smart…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 2, 2018 at 3:59 — 1 Comment

Volvo Ocean Race is the only sport I follow

A few teams of men and women race around the world.

They encounter all kinds of weather and sea conditions.

This year one man went overboard and died.

It is the ultimate test of the individuals, teams, and technology.

This is raw as humans encounter nature intimately 24-7 for…

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Added by John S. Oliver on April 23, 2018 at 18:42 — No Comments

Amazed at those people with little food yet much human energy required in special circumstances

Men at sea during long voyages on sailing ships that ate hard biscuits that they brought when they began.

Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad eating mostly rice.

Soldiers throughout history who after long marches and battles they yet fought again without much good food or rest. Note that combat before guns was VERY physical.

Those who fight forest fires on the ground for a very long time near the blazes without much rest, water, or…

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Added by John S. Oliver on March 27, 2018 at 19:56 — No Comments

Here are my observations about nature that puzzle me - I welcome your comments

Horses
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Added by John S. Oliver on March 27, 2018 at 19:55 — No Comments

See How Education Has Changed and Imagine What is Coming

Here is a graphic that shows MUCH.

Click on the Enlarge to get the full effect.

And if this is what has happened in recent years then what does the future hold?

 

http://visual.ly/backpack-evolution-how-technology-changed-backpack-essentials…

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Added by John S. Oliver on March 15, 2018 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

To keep moving forward effectively then I must keep finding the graceful balances between these

being proactive and being responsive

pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river

knowing what the next graceful step is and sorting through the too-many alternatives

soaring along on the currents of wind like a hawk and chopping down trees like a beaver…

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Added by John S. Oliver on February 4, 2018 at 15:39 — No Comments

Star Wars has Theology, Doctrines and an Online Temple of Jedi Order

Star Wars is not just a hugely popular group of movies but it is more.

I came on the following materials that opened my eyes to the deeper levels of this.

While I enjoy the movies, I do not obsess over the matters between viewings. Yet there are millions of passionate fans all over the world that have the posters, action figures, and costumes a…

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Added by John S. Oliver on December 14, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

If You Enjoy Movies Then Consider These

I admit that I like to watch movies on Netflix and at the multiplex. I also like short animated videos on Youtube.  

 

For years I have wondered about what went into making such visual works of art. At the end of the movie there are the credits with lots of names. There are titles for the types of workers that were finally explained in this short Crash Course lesson.…

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Added by John S. Oliver on November 23, 2017 at 11:06 — No Comments

Pond Times



I sat by the pond in the city park.

There was a tiny current passing through the pond.

At both ends the small but constant movement could be seen.

This pond was a few meters across and maybe one meter deep.

It had been carved out of the earth during run offs from heavy rains.

The banks of the pond showed erosion that exposed roots of trees.

There were tangles of sticks that netted odd bits of litter.

Green strings of algae were draped over many of…

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Added by John S. Oliver on November 23, 2017 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Consider this Alternative to Yoga

I like Qi Gong better than yoga.

There are many Qi Gong videos on Youtube and these are the ones I like best and use.

I especially like the ones by Lee Holden.

These and others like it on Qi Gong are available for FREE at Youtube.

Imagine how these simple and gracious movements can help those with stressful jobs like teachers, police officers,…

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Added by John S. Oliver on November 7, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Ivy League Professors Exhort Their Students and All Students to --- Think for Yourself

Some Thoughts and Advice for Our Students and All Students…

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Added by John S. Oliver on September 24, 2017 at 8:30 — 5 Comments

What Parents Look for in a School

Have you wondered what is going on in the minds of parents who are considering a school for their child?

It could be a private, charter or public school. It also could relate to preschool or after school program.

Note that a parent needs to consider this each time the family moves. And they might consider it if not pleased from year to year.

The top 3 considerations according to this study are safety, quality teachers and academic…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 27, 2017 at 4:32 — No Comments

Described myself in 50 words

 Joining an online business association that asked to describe yourself in 50 words and here are mine. http://www.ecademy.com

Here is the video where the founder describes the value of this…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 25, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

X on My Calendar

My black marker makes a daily X on my wall calendar.

 

I like to know at a glance where I am in context of the month.

Days and weeks seem to blur together.

This simple action makes time become my personal graphic.

 

Rationally I know each day has 24 hours.

But emotionally time seems to change pace.

Some days and weeks seem faster than others.

That steady addition of another X is my objective pace car.

 

The truth is…

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Added by John S. Oliver on July 26, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

The Evolution of Classroom Technology

Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started.

We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m…

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Added by John S. Oliver on June 11, 2017 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

Cell Phone

 

I talk into the bottom of this wee box.

At the top of the box the voice of my brother responds.

He lives hundreds of miles away.

I hear him as well as if he was across from the dining table.

 

One time per month an affordable bill is sent to each of us.

We can do this again next month if certain protocols are followed.

 

My super huge telecom company sends an electronic bill to me.

A…

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Added by John S. Oliver on May 21, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Case Study of Project Based Learning Taken to the Maxium

Here is the blog post that gives an overview. 

The forward-thinking curriculum of Studio H is designed for the true 21st-century student. It's based on real-world applications, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and immersive student collaboration. 

http://www.fluency21.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=2433

Here is the website related to Studio…

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Added by John S. Oliver on April 15, 2017 at 6:30 — 3 Comments

MORE Evidence that Teachers Change Lives

* You Changed My Life *.

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I met Frankie the day I walked into his sixth-grade classroom as a fledgling student teacher full of fear and trepidation. I had just spent two years assisting at a day care center and had decided to go to teacher's college to become a kindergarten teacher. What was I doing in a sixth-grade classroom? 

Frankie wasn't…

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Added by John S. Oliver on March 30, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

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