All Notes

  • The Compelling, Irresistible Need to Learn

    Sometimes the inspiration to revisit past studies, to open new doors to expanded investigation, and to once again feel that compelling, irresistible need to learn not just new stuff, but to push and shove the structural framework of one’s own built-up knowledge base around a bit just to be sure the cobwebs don’t take over, comes unpredictably from unlikely and unsought and mostly serendipitous situations. To these places I say welcome, and thank you.

  • Annie’s Keep Me Learning GoFundMe Campaign

    Just kicked off our GoFundMe campaign to help our granddaughter Annie get professional private tutors and learning resources & support while she goes through chemo and bone marrow transplants to treat Stage 4 Lymphoma.

  • Information Filter Bubbles

    Pioneering online organizer Eli Pariser is the author of “The Filter Bubble,” about how personalized search might be narrowing our worldview.

  • Extreme Weather Events & Climate Change

    The report focuses on 26 peer-reviewed research papers from 116 scientists in 18 counties that highlight extreme weather events across five continents and two oceans from 2015. Using combinations of historical data, trend analysis, and models, this collection of papers seek to determine how each event was influenced by human-induced climate change.

  • Reading List (so far) Winter 2016

    The remarkable thing about today’s digitally connected world, and the Internet of Things, is just how accessible books on a magnificent diversity of topics are.

  • Early Music Training & Cognitive Development

    “Early Music training seems to shape the young brain, strengthening the neural connections and perhaps establishing new ones.” ~ Dr. Frances Rauscher

  • This Powerful and Primal Phenomenon

    Ultimately, how we define ourselves as a people depends on the respect we pay to this powerful, primal process, this emotionally charged yet humble relationship between humans we call teaching & learning.

  • The Global Reality of Climate Change

    “… [A] conversation about core, structural trends in international security, not about the minutiae of environmental policy. It is also where nuclear weapons proliferation, demographics, cyber-threats, natural resource stress, and rising powers, among other things, fit.”

  • Ideology of Failure

    If you forget that an organization flourishes through the heart and passion of committed and talented people, but is compromised by piling poorly thought-out and ill-considered technologies and processes on top of one another … you will lose.

  • Climate Change & National Security

    Climate change as a security threat is not just a narrative, or a political talking point. It’s a reality. The U.S. military and the U.S. intelligence community get it. Our policymakers should too.

  • The Liberal Arts: Vision for the Future

    Liberally educated students learn how to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. They develop a sense of social responsibility so they can contribute with integrity to their workplaces and to their communities, large and small.