Category: Education/Family

Talking about Death

Talking about Death

I could see that they were slowly leaving the sphere of TV commercial old age… and moving into the part of old age that was scarier, harder to talk about, and not part of...

Reimagining Schools for the 21st Century

Reimagining Schools for the 21st Century

“… Creativity must, in the last analysis, be seen not as something happening within a person but in the relationships within a system.”  — Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, Creativity Innovation is critical to achieving sustainability, making...

Living amid Wireless Devices

Living amid Wireless Devices

When the topic of cellphone safety arises, common responses harken back to grade school – stopping just short of the fingers-over-ears intonation “I can’t HEAR you!” Our addiction to these captivating devices is not...

With Weddings, Small is Beautiful

With Weddings, Small is Beautiful

When the editor of Source invited a column for this sustainable weddings issue, I confess that my reply was flippant: “Can’t people just elope?” In terms of low environmental impact, a courthouse wedding is...

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Portland teacher Gus Goodwin has more than two decades of classroom experience, but recently students caught him by surprise. He was swept up in what he calls a “very powerful experience, one of the...

Pressure-cooked and Coddled: the Paradoxical Modern World of Parenting and Education

Pressure-cooked and Coddled: the Paradoxical Modern World of Parenting and Education

On their first day of high school, my son and his classmates heard a lot about the need to plan for college majors and careers. Yet when the time came to find classrooms and...

Returning to Real Food

Returning to Real Food

In many places around the globe, the injunction to “eat real food” would be met with quizzical looks. What else would or could a person eat? But in America, the menu of synthetic options...

Unplug to Recharge: Going Tech-free for a Day

Unplug to Recharge: Going Tech-free for a Day

Are we all secretly proud of our capacity to multitask–conversing, texting and walking (or worse, driving!)–all while listening to music? Captivated by the limitless potential of e-connectivity, we convince ourselves that we can effectively...