End of the year thoughts

Three nights ago ASB hosted our annual 8th Grade Ceremony. This event symbolizes the “Closing of Middle School,” and the “Beginning of High School,” for our students. The evening showcased two student hosts, and two class speakers. Sitting in the audience, watching and listening to these four fourteen-year-old ‘kids’ (with … Continue reading

Teaching our Children to Make Decisions

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’” The character of Piglet, in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Poo, has a very clear idea (as clear an idea as Piglet can have) of who and … Continue reading

Analyzing Amy Chua’s “The Triple Package”

I remember a little over a year ago, the many faces of social media (not to mention TV and good ole’ fashion newspapers) were a-buzz with commentary about Amy Chua’s new book. Chua is the Yale professor, and Chinese American, who gained notoriety in 2011 with her book, Battle Hymn … Continue reading

Creating Keystone Habits As An Instrument of Success

On a Friday evening, after 35 years of smoking more than a pack a day, a woman quits. She hasn’t picked up a cigarette in over ten years. A man weighs 370 pounds (170 kgs) in December of 2004. In March of 2006, 15 months later, he runs a marathon … Continue reading

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I was 15

In my opinion, any conversation beginning with “…I’m reading this book…” is going to be a good conversation. After all, personal references from people who know you are by far the most sure-fire way to expand your reading pleasure. “Craig, I’m reading this book that you would love,” said my … Continue reading

On Ankersen’s Guidelines and Performance

I was talking to a father this weekend about his daughter’s soccer team. “She’s always played a striker position,” he said, “but the coach moved her back into the midfield for the tournament.” For those of you unfamiliar with the positions in soccer, here’s all you need to know to … Continue reading