Category Archives: General

Power of Choice in the Face of Challenge

What gets you through another day when your brain seems to shout back, “I can’t go on!” What makes life worth your effort, when lofty plans get pierced with unexpected pain? Do you nudge the dial toward, I’ll go on? Or do you default to capricious choices that evaporate your… Read more »

Learn More in Less Time with Oodles of Fun!

Here are 25 cool learning and review ideas – each related to newly discovered neural facts that will ramp up your takeaways from study or review. Use the chart below to create your own active study guides or test prep tasks for each of the 25, and watch your test… Read more »

Who Cares about Mom’s Point of View on Mother’s Day?

Motherhood for me was hands down the most important, challenging and meaningful role in my life. Not because I got it right all of the time.  Nor was parenting easy as a single mom when days slipped into nights with too much to do and too little sleep to keep… Read more »

Addressing Growing Concerns for Teens’ Mental Health

Never before have teens needed us more to spot safe places past their struggles, and to support their strengths. After a lifetime of working with teens and their families, it pains me to read reports of spiked suicides, along with a proliferation of chemicals and drugs used to try and… Read more »

Life-Changing Conversations! Cultivate Change by Rebooting Brains!

Find yourself watching too much TV? Looking for a way to  sidestep a sister’s cynicism? Dream of leaving a legacy worth living? Ready for life changing conversations that cultivate change people crave? The fun part of two-footed questions is that all teach, all learn, all lead – so it’s no… Read more »

10 Things Possibility Thinkers Do Differently

You’d have to have the brain of a coconut husk to run from or deliberately block life-changing wonders in your day, in spite of challenges we all face. Yet how many of us make proactive choices  to look beyond nagging problems to spot and unleash possibility life-savers on a difficult… Read more »

Connect Differences When Learners Teach – Teachers Learn – and ALL Lead!

Do races come together for you in ways that value all? Does the age gap narrow? Do people play their way together to deeper understanding of new era skills? Mentoring may be used to draw people together, and yet it can also drive apart diversity and even gridlock innovation. How… Read more »

What if Peace Possibilities Blew into Class with Spring?

Have you seen spring’s new life jolt teens alive?  When warm south breezes begin to blow into young lives, it’s no surprise that original ideas also begin to emerge like new sprigs poke up into the morning sun. It’s the perfect season to fan innovative possibilities such as robust peace… Read more »

Personal Plea – Stop Shooting – Start Caring

Could we curb current US gun violence simply to cultivate Canada’s kind of compassion? Glance with me at our American 100% male cabinet and compare Canada’s 50% female cabinet to consider our warrior narrative against Canada’s peacemaker backdrop throughout history. What if our US cabinet adopted more diverse leadership? Could… Read more »

10 Playful Pathways into Imagination

Luckily, the human brain comes with unique equipment to free your mind, solve problems, or create adventures many crave but most people fail to imagine for themselves. Follow one or two  new neuron pathways today and watch limiting habits fade as rigid ruts yield to infinite imaginings. It’s really about… Read more »

Your Brain on Conflict – Innovation Drain

  Just as brains gravitate to gambling addictions  when we pull slot machine levers for unsure results, we also compulsively flip channels for feisty news clips that hold us captive in a toxic grip. Both addictions come with the same inner craving for indeterminate wonder.  Both can lead to disaster,… Read more »

How Do You Test to Know What They Know?

Any IQ score or standardized test result can address the question, How smart are they? Yet most of us who hope to awaken brainpower in our students, agree that mere numbers say little about their real capabilities.  On the other hand, if you want to ensure students actively master a… Read more »

Social Media Helps or Hurts Brainpower

Researchers suggest that social media can harm kids’ brains, and few would disagree. Either way, social networks such as Twitter are here to stay. My question is, what impact do online networks play in strengthening minds and leading innovation across differences? Increasingly, brain gurus such as Susan Greenfield weigh in… Read more »

Killer Question for Aging Parent or Older Child!

If you could re-stage your last family gathering for the sole purpose of engaging a life-changing question to an older child, or aging parent – what would you ask? My own beautiful, talented, generous and caring daughter has always been the light of my life – yet I failed at… Read more »

Do Your Routines Rob Our Hope?

When hope yields to daily mandated routines, our brains slip into dangerous ruts! Do your routines rob our hope? What about mandated routines? Looking for tips to reboot magical hope for a new season? I like to start with the two-footed question: What awakens hope in you in spite of difficulties… Read more »