Last Friday night, our school hosted a second-round football playoff game.
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Just days before, the opposing team’s community of Guthrie, Oklahoma had suffered a devastating fire at an apartment complex that destroyed the homes of several students and resulted in one fatality.
When a chiropractor, Dr. DeClue, from our community of Skiatook, Oklahoma heard of it, he made a Facebook post encouraging everyone to pitch in to help. Continue reading
The European Space Agency’s historical comet landing of the space craft Rosetta last week has my head spinning.
First of all, imagine organizing a team of scientists and space engineers who design and launch a space craft with the goal of intersecting with a comet 500 million kilometers from Earth.
Then imagine ten years later, your findings show the spacecraft is indeed crossing paths with the targeted comet.
From 500 million kilometers away, your Earth-bound team maneuvers the activation of the space craft’s previously inert power source, it orbits around the comet, and it attempts a landing. Continue reading
Last weekend I attended the memorial service for a former student.
His family members and friends took turns sharing how he had touched their lives with his kindness, curiosity, and creativity.
It was an outside gathering, and the cold November wind and bright sunshine of the afternoon both chilled and warmed us. Continue reading
When I was a boy, I loved to lay on the front porch at night.
With no streetlights or neighbors, our house was enveloped in darkness, surrounded by swampy creeks and woods, accompanied by the sound of crickets and the serenade of spring frogs.
The blanket of stars above me was a thick, cloudy, mesmerizing maze of constellations.
My dad went through a phase of interest in telescopes, so sometimes we took turns looking for planets or peering at the moon.
Did you know that only one side of the moon is visible from the Earth?
Because of the Earth’s orbit and the moon’s speed of rotation while orbiting, we never see the other side of the moon.
Just like we only see one side of the moon, all of us operate in contexts that no one else is able to see–especially leaders.
What are some ways we can still work effectively with others while accepting that you won’t always be completely understood? Continue reading