Category Archives: mentoring

Way to Go, Vikings!

I don’t generally comment on athletic endeavors.  It’s not that I don’t like to watch an occasional game, it’s more that there are more than enough folks already commenting–my local paper devotes more time and efort to sports than pretty … Continue reading

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Learning from the Past, Leading for the Future

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it“–George Satayana When Deborah Cheetham was a young girl, her family was torn apart. They were torn apart for the crime of being Yorta Yorta Aboriginals in Australia in the mid-20th century.  Taken … Continue reading

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Choosing a Positive Path

Yesterday and today, I heard three different news threads that got me thinking about how people work to effect change. The stories really accentuated different approaches to advocating one’s position.  The first was a rehash and update of the furor over … Continue reading

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Small Acts

Every great act can be broken down into smaller components.  Oftentimes, we forget that, and think that great things can only be accomplished by truly great individuals.  In fact, it is rarely if ever that any individual truly accomplishes greatness on his … Continue reading

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Earth Mothers

Sometimes, oftentimes, the problems facing society seem so overwhelming as to make many of us lose hope.  Whether it’s anthropogenic climate change, or corporate power in our elections, or the ever widening gulf between the haves and have-nots, the problems … Continue reading

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Rippling Forward

A few posts ago, I spoke of serendipity, and the role it played in my becoming Mayor of Bellingham.  Over the past weekend serendipity struck again.  I spent the weekend in Hoquiam, Washington.  The weekend away was to take some time … Continue reading

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