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Are you kidding me? Hard to believe. We saw the photos of the polar vortex. Brrrr.

Gorgeous ice formations, but feh! The havoc wreaked, maybe not over yet. Time will tell what Mother Nature has in store with her fickle surprises lately.

Looked like a disaster movie, maybe the one with Dennis Quaid, Day After Tomorrow, where the kids ended up burning books in the library to stay warm. But they were saved in the end. Happy ending, reunion. I like happy endings. I'm not so sure this story about the hockey game has a happy ending. Let me know what you think about the whole fiasco. Oops, meant to, well, sort of, hold back my opinion. Here goes.

Oh boy, call me crazy! And the best part of this story is, well not gonna' tell you. Just a quick read here to find out!

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writing a book

Yes, you can write a book, or another. It really starts with desire, a strong sense of purpose and a lot of tenacity. I'm on the 'another' category and it's feeling really grand to be completing the project, although every day I say I'm done and it's never quite. But close enough tonight. I admit to a strong sense of accomplishment! 

Sometimes you just have to test yourself, push yourself beyond limits. Some limits, maybe most limits are self-imposed. For example, I never got my doctorate. I had plenty of degrees and certainly, the degree of life. But I always wanted that doctorate and never did it. I had a bunch of valid at the time reasons. Until tonight I never considered that a regret, and still don't. 

I was honored to be a servant leader, school principal in a very challenging, soul fulfilling situation. Grants, community boards. So busy. There was no nearby university program, I had four kids at home, etc. What I did instead was fulfllling to my strong sense of life purpose. I kept helping the kids! That's what I was supposed to do. And so I did. But now I wonder, despite the distance, despite the time away from our school and our home, why didn't I make that extra effort? 

I always knew my primary purpose in life was to write. I wanted to be a professional writer. Back then women most likely had two careers to pick from, teaching and nursing. My mother, an avid reader, and father, a businessman suggested I should teach instead, for the security. Truth. Like watching an old t.v. show.

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Debunked.  It's true. Learning styles theory has been thoroughly debunked. 

Kaput. Put out to pasture. At least for now. Things come and go in education, that pendulum swings mightily, but right now, gone or going fast. And for those teachers and administrators who still believe in styles based pedagogy, common to the core no more.

I just don't get it. Tonight after another crazy busy day, I am writing to you, instead of watching Netflix, almost anything would be ok tonight. This is my second night working on this blog. I thought I would knock it out in a couple hours yesterday. I thought about it for a week. I planned to give you a bunch of thoughts based on my fervent beliefs in the concepts of learning styles and a bit of multiple intelligences theory. That was then.

It's not like you don't know all this, or much of this, or have distinct opinions. It's also not my goal to convince you of anything, simply to add a bit to the discussion. I read, as I did a little 'debunking', 2018 research, that about 90 percent of teachers believe in the idea of learning styles or preferences. That's a lot of believers.

If that is accurate, then, along with the '80's and '90's self-esteem movement, the notion that everybody has a distinct learning style naturally leading to academic success, made sense. Not so easy to correlate preferences and success. Not anymore. Not with brain research more updated due to, among other things, MRI imaging. 

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That turkey is such a show-off, just like the one in this parable. I love teaching with parables, stories which illustrate moral or religious lessons. Here's a grand one, just in time for holiday family, friends and fun. And there is a moral to look for.

Turkey and Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable 

I hope you enjoy this simple little, yet super funny story, perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities. Traditionally my family has always shared stories, our thanks of course, made plenty of toasts, and I always wrote plays for the kids.

Once in awhile we found something really fun to share at the table; this one came to me a long time ago from a friend, then I recently sourced it to a book called “All Kinds of Humor”, 2012, so after revision, I am re-posting. The author Dennis Clark wrote it in 1996. Maybe it's familiar to you, there were a couple variations. Anyway, here goes. Get your grin on, and maybe some life lesson may pop into your head. 

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On Optimism:

 

As a cancer survivor, I can assure you that the only

thing that saved me was a small voice inside of me that

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