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Learning and Celebratory Joy

Carol A. Hand In the bleakest of times with the most mundane tasks transformation is possible It’s what life sometimes asks us to do *** *** Holding focus on celebratory joy opens up sacred heart spaces where deeper lessons are … Continue reading

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Celebrating Possibilities

Carol A. Hand Who would believe it’s possible to witness lives transformed in the span of a mere 2 years by working together on a vision of what could be? Skills, knowledge and lasting bonds are built when everyone shows … Continue reading

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“More or Better?” – Revisited and Updated

Carol A. Hand For the past month, my friend, Cynthia Donner, and I have been working on revising a class focused on social justice. It’s been a daunting process to frame and describe the purpose and create new assignments. And … Continue reading

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Ah — The — Um — Clicker/ A Reblog

Carol A. Hand This was originally published on August 25, 2013. I thought of this experience again this morning when I decided to join my class via conference call rather than drive on hazardous snow-covered roads. It reminds me why … Continue reading

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Reflections about Teaching #3385

Carol A. Hand As another semester approaches the end, I ask myself once again, “Why do I teach? What do I know that’s really worth passing on to others?” Grading research proposals is not my idea of fun. It’s a … Continue reading

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Making Peace with Lessons of the Past

Carol A. Hand I stand here before you to present hard-won knowledge to qualify for entry into your elite club in academia Many may judge me as an Affirmative Action token who’s not a “real Indian” because I’m light-skinned like … Continue reading

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Reflections – Monday, September 19, 2016

Carol A. Hand Gazing up at surrounding trees silhouetted against cloudy sky watching as four eagles circle above grateful for the sheltering and life-giving presence Returning to the tasks before me Grading and building new course assignments deeply grateful for … Continue reading

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Reflections – Focusing Close to Home

Carol A. Hand As I drove the 20 miles on Saturday morning (September 10, 2016) to meet my class for the first time, I thought about the sense of wonder I had about the world around me when I was … Continue reading

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Reflections about Education and “Walking the Talk”

Carol A. Hand “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” (George Bernard Shaw, 1903, Maxims for Revolutionists) I wonder. How many people believe Shaw’s words to be true? Perhaps it is for those who define what they do as … Continue reading

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Reflections – Monday, August 15, 2016

Carol A. Hand Cricket song signals autumn is near as do the flocks of starlings feeding here Gardens to harvest, lessons to prepare Moments to write are becoming rare Manuscript editing postponed a third of the way through as I … Continue reading

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