Category Archives: Washington State

Petty Power

“It isn’t absolute power that corrupts absolutely; it’s petty power.  Someone with petty power needs to prove they have that power, and they will, at your expense .”  –Gene Hogan Gene Hogan is one of my favorite philosophers.  Irascible, cynical, smart, funny–and challenging.  Few … Continue reading

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Why Education Matters

Washington state, like most states today, is struggling to match its expenditures with revenues.  A more cavalier attitude in the past about future obligations–such as pension liabilitiess–is  coming home to roost.  At the same time, the recession is impacting people’s … 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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The Art of Big Picture Thinking

Today ‘The Conversation’ with Ross Reynolds on KUOW, Seattle’s NPR station, had State Senator Karen Keiser (D-Kent) on to discuss her idea of auctioning off the state’s art collection over time to provide ongoing funding for the Washington Arts Commission, … 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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Three Heroes of Education

‘Hero’ is an abused word today.  It gets conflated with extraordinary athleticism, unfortunate accidents and untimely demises.  All are worthy of attention, admiration, and empathy, but in my mind, a hero is someone who does the extraordinary to help others, … Continue reading

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Cycles of Garbage

The Great Pacific Gyre has a romantic ring to it.  ‘Gyre’ is one of those seldom-heard words that makes most of us pause and–in my youth–reach for a dictionary.  Nowadays I simply Google it.  To save you the trouble, I’ll … Continue reading

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