Archive for January, 2011


We all have certain personality characteristics that make us seem a little odd at times, unusual or on occasion, a little peculiar to others.  It is these quirky behavior patterns that signify our differences, making us distinctive and one of a kind.

Our spirit defines our inherent need to be our own self and to call upon our own sense of ideals when we are part of a group of common thinkers.  Individualists are persons of independent thought and although, they can coexist alongside those who think as if they were of one mind, they are often subject to ridicule for not being one of the groups own.

Writers, musicians and artists are given allowances to be slightly eccentric because they are so highly creative.  Individualists have a personal belief that they must fight for themselves in this world and allow their self-knowledge to be enacted through various demonstrations of self-expression that sometimes horrify others who are more conservative in nature.  Many people perceive imaginative persons as:  inconsistent, unpredictable, unsettled, impulsive and unstable.  When in actuality, they are merely dramatic people with a lot of personal quirks that are encouraged to carry on their own.  They have a tendency to easily annoy others when they are not being interpreted as extremely gifted or charming because they also tend to be exasperatingly truthful.

People with personal quirks tend to be committed to chaos and can quickly change their moods – one minute they are easygoing, amusing and playful, and the next, dead-pan serious and completely inflexible.  The question is, to what extent anyone can safely expose his or her most private self and crazy quirks to others before giving them license to determine if they are, or are not – strange.  The answer can be found in one of two common variables that help to label a person abnormal – one is the surroundings the person is in when they lay bare their quirks and the other is the spectators who are sitting in judgment of them as they watch them do so.

Much More on this Subject –

100 Quirks you can steal From Me


Quirky Actions for Wanna Be Writers to Embrace


Bedroom Quirks of the 10 Greatest Authors



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Everyone at one time or another has been in a position where they have been accused of taking an action that was considered inappropriate.  I had such an incident happen to me today. I was trying to be discreet and to communicate with someone who had neglected to fulfill a promise to me and instead of a gentle reminder; my message was sent out to others who I would have preferred did not see it.  I did everything I possibly could do and there was nothing I could have done differently that would have prevented this circumstance from happening.

After taking every precautionary measure to correct the situation including writing a letter of apology to the recipient and devising a way to ensure that such a dilemma would not occur again, I was left with only one thing to do, and that was to forgive myself.  When we are our own victims of self-blame it is even more difficult to forgive ourselves than if our actions are condemned by others.

Situations such as serve as spiritual reminders that these are times when we must turn to God and ask that he gives us the relief we are seeking from our mishaps.  God is all knowing and all seeing.  He bears witness to our truths as well as to our fabrications.  When we take into account that throughout our lifetime (before and beyond) it is the Lord who casts judgment upon us, and only the Lord, we do not determine for ourselves how we should view such episodes. We can only relieve ourselves of the guilt that accompanies inappropriate or accidental actions if we give these episodes directly to God and let him show us the way to redemption.

Reading List –

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw

Ten Emails You Should Never Send


Email Etiquette


Prayer for Guidance and Forgiveness


Recovery from Mistakes


Tips for Writing a Letter of Apology


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The question is “what makes a person perform at a level that is way beneath their capability?” The answer is not always so easy to define.  Every day we are given the precious opportunity to rise up and be all that we can be.  Some days we far exceed our expectations and on other days we fall short of them, but one thing is certain, there are many reasons why the majority of people fail to achieve at the level they are capable of – below I have listed just a few…

  • Patterns of self-deception
  • Running with the wrong crowd
  • Laziness
  • Distraction
  • Insecurity
  • Stress


  • Lack of support
  • Bad habits
  • Poor values
  • No sense of purpose
  • A submissive nature


  • Alcohol or drug dependency
  • History of failed attempts
  • Shyness
  • Too many losses in life

Unhealthy Diet

  • Rotten Attitude
  • Lack of assertiveness
  • Incompetence
  • Under skilled
  • Under educated
  • Poor allocation of resources
  • Confusion
  • Helplessness
  • Poor self-control
  • Fragility
  • Neediness


Antidotes for Underachievement

Anne Frank believed that everyone has inside himself a piece of good news! “The good news is that you really don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is!”


Underachievers Manifesto


Ultimate Achievement Plan


Personal / Fitness Goal Setting and Goal Achievement Plan




What Kind of Underachiever are You?


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What I believe makes a teaching moment so memorable is the special language that arises out of the sacred act of teaching.  Good instructors know how to grab the attention of their students whereas; great instructors use their capabilities to capture their student’s awareness and bring them to a place of personal enlightenment.

Instructors who love the act of teaching introduce new concepts by making them not only compelling to their pupils, but utterly, irresistible because they make every effort to link the information to the individual experiences of those whom they teach.  They are well-versed in a wide range of communication applications which they rely upon in separate processes throughout their verbal and visual presentations.

Teachers know how to string words together into well thought out phrases to represent their ideas.  They can hold their students spellbound by combining sets of words in unusual ways to make their thoughts come to life in the minds of their students.

Every instructor’s voice has its own distinctive audio patterns. Teachers who know how to vary their pitch make their words sound melodic.  They know when to place an emphasis on certain words or phrases in order to stress their importance and how to use their tone to create a pleasing rhythm when they speak.


  • Their voice is an adaptable instrument that allows for pacing and pausing to make valid points
  • Their spoken words are the realization of their intentions
  • They have various verbal interactional patterns which they can customize in order to bond with their students
  • The language they use in their classroom is symbolic and their words create powerful images that support remembering
  • Every class has its own social climate and its own variation of language
  • An instructor’s verbal communication informs, proposes and confirms
  • Language if used properly can be very influential and has the power to shape student’s perceptions
  • Expressive and receptive communication is essential to good instruction
  • A well thought out verbal exchange breaks down complex concepts and makes them easy to understand
  • Every teacher who truly wants to get their message across strives to perfect his or her visually based language skills

More on This Topic –

Mind Tools – Methods for Ensuring Your Words are Better Understood


Peer Discussion Clickers as facilitators of Communications- When Students and Teachers Speak


Entertaining Students – Tips for First Time Instructors


Book on Teaching and Learning the Language Arts – Edna P. DeHaven , Third Edition, University of Oregon

Love and Logic Institute


UTUBE What students want


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The brain is in charge of the body. The memory originates from the portion of the brain called the cellebrum.

The hippocampus is the division of the brain that processes memory.

The outermost region of the brain is referred to as the “gray matter” which is located in the cerebral cortex, where short and long term memory occurs.No one has perfect recall but as we grow older our memory begins to slowly fade.

In addition, diseases like Alzheimer’s can affect the brain. Strokes also influence our memory either blood is restricted from getting to certain areas of the brain or a blood vessel carrying the blood bursts and there is a blockage in the passageway.

Memory is also affected by a number of head injuries and emotional trauma.  Infections and cancerous brain tumors have an effect on memory and can cause permanent short-term memory loss, as well as surgeries performed on the brain.

More Information on the Topic of Memory

How to remember someone’s Name


Tools to Facilitate Instant Recall


How to Improve Memory and Concentration in 4 Easy Steps


Free Guide to Understanding Dementia and Other Regular Health Alerts


12 Ways to Protect Your Memory – Free Report John Hopkin’s


All about Memory Loss


Dietary Supplements to Consider for Addressing Memory Concerns


Article on Traumatic Brain Injury Affecting Memory


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“The Knowledge Age is a new, advanced form of capitalism in which knowledge and ideas are the main source of economic growth (more important than land, labor, money, or other ‘tangible resources). New patterns of work and new business practices have developed, and, as a result, new kinds of workers, with new and different skills, are required. Knowledge Age knowledge is defined—and valued—not for what it is, but for what it can do. It is produced, not by individual experts, but by ‘collectivizing intelligence’ – that is, groups of people with complementary expertise who collaborate for specific purposes. These changes have major implications for our education system.” Excerpted from: Shifting to 21st Century Thinking, http://www.shiftingthinking.org

A Quick Look At the Rational Behind Thinking Processes


Questioning strategies

Forms of argument

Practical and concrete recommendations

Interchangeable thinking systems

Evidence – based practices

Teamwork collaboration

Intellectual integrity

Intellectual delivery systems

Information seeking research

Competence-based performance

Clarity of thinking

Thinking processes

Capturing of ideas





Relevant discussion

Multiple points of view

Clinical judgments

Generating hypotheses

Asserting practice rules

Stating positions

Positions of pure logic

Providing explanations

Descriptive thinking

Logical reasoning

Transforming knowledge

Step-by-step path knowledge

Correct interventions



Contextual perspective


Logic engineering

Quality improvement

Quantitative results

Thinking ahead

Approach for applying standards


Integration of processes

Error identification


Assessment & evaluation

Quantitative methods

Creative thinking

Uncertainty reasoning

Proof theory

Extended Self-Studies

Oxford Journals


A Guide to Philosophy on the Internet


Arguments and Their Evaluation


Critical Thinking, Logic and Creativity


Think Bank- The Art of Reasoning


Teacher Tap- Resources for Educators and Librarians


Shifting to 21st Century Thinking Video Links


Knowledge Worker


Adult Education Foundations of Practice A Self Study Course


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I am, and will always be, a very curious person.  I drive the people around me to near madness at times with my insistent questioning.  Here are just some of the questions I ask and the answers to them. Enjoy!

Q. Why did John Lennon write the song “Imagine”?

A. “Lennon was asking us to imagine a place where things that divide people (religion, possessions, etc.) did not exist. He felt that would be a much better place.  This song is a strong political message that is sugarcoated in a beautiful melody. Lennon realized that the softer approach would bring the song to a wider audience, who hopefully would listen to his message.”  Excerpted from: Internet site-SongFacts http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1094

Q. Why was the first charter school started?

According to Wikipedia, “Charter schools were founded by teachers, parents, or activists who feel restricted by traditional public schools.[4] State-authorized charters (schools not chartered by local school districts) are often established by non-profit groups, universities, and some government entities.[5] Additionally, school districts sometimes permit corporations to manage chains of charter schools. The schools themselves are still non-profit, in the same way that public schools may be managed by a for-profit corporation. It does not change the status of the school. In the United States, though the percentage of students educated in charter schools varies by school district, only in the New Orleans Public Schools system are the majority of children educated within independent public charter schools.

Q.  Why was the Voynich manuscript written?

“The Voynich Manuscript is a medieval document written in an unknown script and in an unknown language. For over one hundred years people have tried to break the code to not avail. The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript suggests that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. The document contains illustrations that suggest the book is in six parts: Herbal, Astronomical, Biological, Cosmological, Pharmaceutical, and recipes.” Excerpted from List Verse Top 10 Lists http://listverse.com/lists/

Q. Why was Oracle Think Quest Created?

“Oracle Think Quest provides a flexible framework for engaging students all over the globe in exploring curricular topics and developing important 21st century skills, such as communication, teamwork, and technology skills. In addition, students are motivated by the fun and creative format and the opportunity to make new friends around the world. For teachers, a school portal enables quick and easy management of student accounts and review of project work.” In addition, it hosts exciting competitions that challenge students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to real-world problems. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience. They can put their ideas and skills to the test. http://www.thinkquest.org/competition/

Q. Why was Wikipedia started and when was it launched?

The earliest known proposal for an online encyclopedia was made by Rick Gates in 1993,[1] but the concept of an open source web-based online encyclopedia was proposed a little later by Richard Stallman around 1999. Wikipedia was formally launched on 15 January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger using the concept and technology of a wiki pioneered by Ward Cunningham. Initially Wikipedia was created as a complement and “feeder” to Nupedia, an expert-written online encyclopedia project, in order to provide an additional source of draft articles and ideas. It quickly overtook Nupedia, growing to become a large global project in multiple languages, and originating a wide range of additional reference projects. Today Wikipedia includes 15 million freely usable articles in over two hundred languages worldwide, and content from a million registered user accounts and countless anonymous contributors.[2][3][

Q. Why was the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – the world’s largest nutrition school established?

It was established almost 20 years ago, by one person with a simple idea that if he could change what people ate, he could help change the world. So he started a humble nutrition school with a small classroom of excited students who shared my vision. The health movement has come into its own since then. Articles about food and health are on the cover of major magazines. The White House has an organic vegetable garden. Schools are banning soda machines and bake sales. Whole Foods Market is now the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods. People are catching on and becoming more aware. What was once considered alternative is now becoming part of the mainstream approach. From a small classroom of committed students, the institute has grown into the world’s largest nutrition school. It offers a life-changing online course, allowing students from all over the world to experience their unique program and receive their health coach certification. As we spread our message to a global audience, our community has grown exponentially. We are now 13,000 strong, with students and graduates in all 50 states and over 60 countries. http://www.integrativenutrition.com/about

Q. Why do we call the cluster of stars the “Milky Way?”

There are tons of versions around the world of where the name “Milky Way” originates from. The English phrase is a translation of the ancient Greek “Galaxias” and this means milk which is also where galaxy is derived from. Another common myth is the Greek myth which myths that the Milky Way was when milk was spilt by Hera when suckling Heracles. Another explanation is: The ancient Greeks named the Milky Way Galaxies Kuklos which translates to The Milky Circle. The Romans changed the name to Via Lactea which translates to The Milky Road but we now call it The Milky Way. hmcmillen2009. Answers Excerpted from: http://answers.askkids.com/Space_and_Stars/who_named_the_milky_way

Q. Who Started the Special Olympics and why?

The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago in 1968. Anne McGlone Burke, a physical education teacher with the Chicago Park District, began with the idea for a one-time Olympic-style athletic competition for people with special needs. Burke then approached Eunice Kennedy Shriver, head of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, to fund the event. Shriver encouraged Burke to expand on the idea and the JPK Foundation provided a grant of $25,000. More than 1,000 athletes from across the United States and Canada participated. At the Games, Shriver announced the formation of Special Olympics. Shriver’s sister, Rosemary Kennedy, underwent a lobotomy in an effort to alter her personality. The brain damage inflicted by the operation caused a severe permanent intellectual disability. This disability is often credited as Shriver’s inspiration to form the Special Olympics.

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