Pyramids of Power: Character Strengths in the Classroom

October 8, 2010 by ·

Recently I was visiting with a friend who has taught elementary school for 34 years. Jay is gifted at what he does. Every year, he works to encourage conscious awareness of interpersonal relationships and personal growth among his students. He was describing to me what he has been doing... Read More

Purpose-Driven Parenting

August 10, 2010 by ·

I have written a couple times about parenting, always when studies have hit the press with messages that suggest that parenting is bad for your happiness and that parents have little influence over their child’s (especially a teen’s) decisions and development. The most recent article appeared July 4 in... Read More

Graduation Season: What’s Next?

June 1, 2010 by ·

The graduation season is upon us – complete with commencement addresses that celebrate this developmental milestone on the pathway of formal education. Having been a child who played well on my own, I have written this imaginary address that is one I’d love to have heard myself when I... Read More

Classical Character: Gabriela Montero

April 16, 2010 by ·

Yesterday I was fortunate to meet renowned classical concert pianist and improvisational artist Gabriela Montero ( The occasion was a Master class at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gabriela is a freakishly gifted and thoroughly delightful musician who began giving concerts at the age... Read More