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Tag Archive for ‘Village Commons’

Taking the leap: Bold or Just Stupid?

From 2007 when I first moved to St. Louis… Will it look bold or just stupid? A question I ask myself often, but ask now as I buy a purple, spiral, leather chair. Will it look bold of just stupid? A question I ask often as I am poised to take a leap.

Writing Prompt: Connect–or Not

Take a thread from these thoughts and write for at least 10 minutes…and then 10 minutes more…to tap into your mind on the topic of connection and barriers to connection. Connection and the possibility for connection surrounds us. The oxygen we breathe together connects us. What do we share? What brings people together? What separates […]

“Teaching the Poor,” by Doug Johnson

Dedicated educator Doug Johnson inspires us with these thoughts. –JGR __________________________ The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference, and the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.— Elie Wiesel Teaching the poor, like any other human […]

Blowing Bubbles: Playing to Learn

Blowing bubbles as a scientific experiment. How far away from your mouth makes the best bubble? Where on the hill? What about wind currents? Children know the answers to these questions. Do you?

“You Gave Me Dignity”

Jimmy Freeman and Tommy White at the scouting jamboree. Slept in the same sleeping bag. “Color didn’t rub off either one of them.” When Jimmy returned to visit Pop he told him, “You gave me dignity. I can stand up with anyone and be proud.”

Sunflower Journal Led Me to Sunflower Festival

Sunflowers grace the front of my journal and now that I’ve come and gone from the Mountainaire sunflower festival I notice this correspondence. The Heritage House sitting room/parlor. Silver tea set on oval tea table. Golden light filtered through curtains. parquet floor.A sense of peace, contentment and fulfillment, satisfaction from completing my New Mexico visit. […]

Scott Sharot’s Performance Tips

“Live Poet’s Society.” Exposure. Feel safe. Choose your audience. Surprise pink special light–a theatre light that makes you look good. Skating on fast ice. Janet: “I feel terrible before, during, and after. Don’t know why I do it.” (a shame attack?)

Hi, Honey! I’m Home! …as Civil Rights Dreaming Comes Into Its Own

And, what a homecoming it is…with the athletic olympics ending and the political olympics getting more heightened with the conventions in full gear. On this day in 1963, 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front […]

Parents Transfer Country Upbringing to City Life

I talked to a 6-year old girl after watching TV. She said, “TV sucks my brains out.” I talked to parents who grew up in the country and small towns. They told me: 1) They’d identified core values they received through their country and small town childhoods. 2)They committed to transferring those values 3) They’d […]

From Floods to Flames…series on Mississippi Floodstage starts tomorrow just as I go towards the firestorms.

For those of you who know your geography and follow the news, you know that for the past month we’ve had flooding here in Missouri and Southwestern Illinois. Some of you have emailed me asking for updates since I haven’t posted about the flooding on Riehlife. My feeling was that I wanted to wait until […]