September 13, 2017 in Leadership

In the middle of Hurricane Irma passing directly over our little bungalow, I had a familiar feeling. It was a feeling that I’ve had many times as a school leader. You see, we have a big, beautiful oak tree in our backyard, and it’s a little too close to the house for comfort.

August 21, 2017 in Well Being

Isn’t it strange how two people can see the same situation in two completely different ways? It speaks to the power of thoughts over circumstances. We have, if we so choose, the power to find the treasure or the trouble in anything.

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