The Moment I Became an Adult..

< p id=”page” class=”hfeed” style=”border:0;font-family:"font-size:13px;margin:.6em .6em .8em;padding:9px;vertical-align:baseline;box-shadow:rgba(0,0,0,0.0745098) 0 1px 2px;color:rgb(64,64,64);orphans:2;widows:2;background:rgb(255,255,255);”> < p id=”main” style=”border:0;font-family:inherit;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:0;margin-left:0;padding:0;vertical-align:baseline;”> < p id=”primary” style=”border:0;font-family:inherit;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;margin-right:auto;margin-bottom:0;margin-left:auto;padding:0;vertical-align:baseline;width:auto;”> < p id=”content” role=”main” style=”border:0;font-family:inherit;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:0;margin-left:0;padding:0;vertical-align:baseline;”> Some people think that you become an adult upon turning eighteen years old, or at least 21 when you can legally drink. Others say it’s when you get your driver’s license. Now,…

(chi’s blog) My ancestors survived colonization and all I got was this lousy eye twitch

​I have a medical condition called blepharospasm. < p style=”box-sizing:border-box;border:0;font-family:Roboto, sans-serif;line-height:25.6px;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:1em;margin-left:0;padding:0;word-wrap:break-word;color:rgb(68,68,68);orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);”>In my body, this manifests as a muscle twitch in my eyebrow that gets worse when I’m anxious or under stress. The twitching turns into headaches and irritation that make it difficult for me to focus while reading or writing. < p style=”box-sizing:border-box;border:0;font-family:Roboto, sans-serif;line-height:25.6px;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:1em;margin-left:0;padding:0;word-wrap:break-word;color:rgb(68,68,68);orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);”>My eye twitch…

So is This the new year chi, s blog

​New Year’s Eve falls squarely under that old Socratic definition of insanity: repeating the same thing and expecting a different result. Most everyone will admit that it’s an overrated evening filled with high expectations that ultimately ends up being just like every other night, only a bit later and involving a lot more booze. <…

How to set soft goals and measure soft results

​Achieving results is a walk in the park compared to navigating the fuzzy side of leadership. Measuring success is even more difficult. < p style=”border:0;font-family:’Open Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:1em;margin-left:0;padding:0;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(0,0,0);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);”> The soft stuff: Building relationships. Managing energy. Staying curious. Technical skills become less valuable and relational skills become more valuable the longer you lead….

Ten steps to doing less and getting more done

​You’re stressed out and over worked because it takes skill and courage to delegate effectively. You’ve reached your highest potential, if you’re maxed out and you refuse to delegate. < p style=”border:0;font-family:’Open Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:1em;margin-left:0;padding:0;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(0,0,0);line-height:19px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);”> 10 reasons delegating is difficult: You’re a control freak. (Control freaks become leaders. Many stay that way.) You…

His words has taught us how to carry on with out him when he’s gone..(Leonard Cohen)

​ < p style=”word-wrap:break-word;max-width:100%;line-height:1.6em;font-size:.95em;margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Merriweather, serif;width:auto !important;height:auto !important;”>“Do not grieve like those who have no hope.” < p style=”word-wrap:break-word;max-width:100%;line-height:1.6em;font-size:.95em;margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Merriweather, serif;width:auto !important;height:auto !important;”>There couldn’t really be more profound symbolism to the death of one of the great symbolists of our age. Leonard Cohen — poet, singer, writer, polymath — is gone, and his death has come in…

Prison ecology chi’s blog

​ when a foal is born on Bastøy Island Prison in Norway, it is the inmates who help deliver it and the inmates who name it. Bastøy Boy, the newest foal in the community, arrived last spring in the dark of night, his birth overseen by inmates whose full-time job it is to brush and feed and care…

The grizzlies of the great bear rainforest (chi’s blog)

​I turned off the lights to the small room in Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, plunging it into a blackness that is rarely found in an electric world. The blackness cradled me into a deep sleep, only to be rattled awake a couple of hours later, by a wall of sound. Torrential rain was lashing the window, and drumming on the roof….

We Are What Our Ancestors Prayed For: #NoDAPL Update

Originally posted on NativeinDC:
? Han Mitakuyepi! The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe youth run for their lives, their families, their future, and for their environment from North Dakota to Washington, DC.  The youth ran 2,000 miles to run for water. Why? Because they oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that will go through…

A Kinder, Gentler Nation

Eat Pray Vote By, Terri Weir I admit it. When Obama ran in 2008, I was against him. I was entrenched in the Evangelical Republican doctrine like a cookie cutter saint. I didn’t want Obama and his crazy liberal politics in the White House. I didn’t like Michelle in her sleeveless dresses. At reelection time,…

Powder Land

In a land of snow and enchanted forests the sound of silence rises from the dampened white landscape. Where steaming onsens fill the air with moisture’s fog and the abundance of fresh spring waters flow under the island. A magical place called Hokkaido where the snowboarding is pretty too. ? ? ?

Distance learning: History, we’re standing in it  

Originally posted on Sally Baxter:
In faraway England there’s a band of history enthusiasts on the march. They are heading south towards a field near Hastings in the footsteps of King Harold and his army who made the same fateful journey 950 years ago in 1066. The story is well known, and not just among…